Washington higher ed panel Budget a disaster

first_imgSALMON CREEK — Forget, for a moment, competition with China or India.In the critical battle to raise a well-educated work force and create jobs, Washington state is losing ground to the likes of Massachusetts and Mississippi.And nothing in the state university and college budget request to the 2011 Washington Legislature, endorsed Tuesday by members of the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board, is going to reverse the trend.o In 2007, Washington imported* 76 bachelor’s degrees to meet work force demands, for every 100 bachelor’s degrees awarded by a Washington public or private university, and 125 graduate or professional degrees for every 100 graduate or profession degrees awarded here.o from out-of-state, or overseas.Source: Higher Education Coordinating Board analysisHence, the grim faces of HEC Board members and an air of desperation in a Washington State University Vancouver meeting room, as they adopted a proposed two-year, $3.34 billion budget plan.“We are painfully aware this budget is a disaster: It does not meet the human and economic needs of this state, by far,” said Charley Bingham, head of the 10-member board’s fiscal committee.last_img

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