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Mark Emmert in fighting form

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on April 3, 2009 at 6:32 pm with 3 Comments »
April 3, 2009 6:32 pm

UW President Mark Emmert was in today, and I’ve never seen him so close to anger.

He’s royally upset by the budgets proposed this week by the state Senate and House of Representatives. They would devastate higher education in Washington, reducing enrollments by at least 10,000 seats.

Emmert wasn’t demanding a bigger share of the state budget; he did push for the authority to raise tuition by 14 percent. For middle-income families, this would be more than offset by expanded federal financial aid now in the pipeline. Low income families are already effectively exempt from tuition under the Husky Promise program.

Some highlights of the visit:

&bull “More students want to go to college than at any time in our history.”

&bull Washington is more dependent on engineers, scientists and other tech specialists than any other state, “and we’re the state that has beat the hell out of higher education.”

&bull “We’ve over-relied on important our best-educated workers – but it’s at the expense of our own citizens.”

&bull Washington beats all other states in the percentage -– 72 percent – of college graduates who continue to live in the state of their alma mater. That means Washington gets more economic benefit from its investment in higher ed.

&bull Emmert himself is an example of the benefits of college. “I grew up in Fife in a working class family. I’m sitting here as president of a university for only one reason: I got a great education.”

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  1. jimkingjr says:

    I’d rather put the money in the skills centers- when are we going to realize that we need these skilled citizens in the future. The four year schools are NOT as important as they think they are.

  2. ratujack says:

    Mark Emmert has shown Marxist views………in the past. Watch for his next comment.

  3. Sagacious one says:

    The State of Washington is under no Constitutional obligation to fund higher education, either the institution or students. We certainly are not obligated to pay college presidents hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries, especially if they are as poorly operated as is now apparent.

    UW is paying football coaches millions and wants tens of millions to spiffy up the football stadium. And how many football scholarships go to non-scholar athletes, who may never even graduate? I may be stepping on some toes here, but I thought college was for higher learning not farm clubs for pro sports.

    Maybe, if Emmert and other high paidly bureaucrats and professors in the college hierarchy took a cut in pay and actually taught their classes, some of those needed seats could be become available and increases in tuition could be avoided.

    Also, we could ask the overpaid bureaucrats to try thinking outside the box instead of just throwing more money into it with the mindless mantra of more taxes and state money. Maybe establish co-op arrangements with the entities that need the skilled graduates. Have them pay for the student’s education in exchange for future service.

    If football is a must, rent a little turf from the Seahawks for home games. Make any player with a athletic scholarship that goes on to play in the pros or fails to graduate, repay all tuition costs.

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