What People Around the State Are Saying In Support Of Higher Ed

It’s everyone’s favorite kind of blog post: the link round-up! Ok, well, maybe not “favorite,” since it’s without your usual Prosperity Blog witty commentary and insight, but it’s at least super useful to all of you out there who want to stay in the loop on all things higher ed.

Anyway, supporting the Governor’s Higher Education Funding Task Force proposal is the main focus of the Prosperity Partnership coalition during this current legislative session in Olympia. Besides the more than 35 meetings our group has already held with legislators to discuss these issues, it’s been great to see the outflow of support from newspapers across the state. As a public service to our beloved readers, here’s a link round-up of some of the latest and greatest:

  • Higher ed lays golden eggs; don’t strangle it (News Tribune, January 30, 2011)
  • Guest Editorial: Challenging the Myths About Higher Ed Reform (Publicola, January 28, 2011)
  • Guest Commentary: Higher education could get a boost in Central Washington (Yakima Herald, January 21, 2011)
  • The Budget Breakdown: Trimming higher ed may erode job opportunities (Seattle Times, January 19, 2011)
  • 3-part strategy will mean more college graduates in state (The Columbian, January 16, 2011)
  • Editorial: Panel’s ideas for funding higher ed have merit (Spokesman-Review, January 9, 2011)
  • By the way, some of you may be interested in the other big coalition that recently formed to support higher education in our state. The College Promise Coalition – which will not be taking positions on specific legislation – includes advocates for the state’s public colleges and universities and community colleges, the United Faculty of Washington State, the League of Education Voters, student and alumni leaders, the College Success Foundation, the Washington Roundtable, the Washington Education Association, Washington Student Association and “a host of other stakeholders concerned about the impact of the state’s declining support on the opportunity for students in Washington State to get a college education that will put them on a path of lifetime success.” They plan to mobilize thousands of higher education supporters to raise public awareness about the deep cuts to higher education and ask legislators to make higher education a top priority.

    Finally, the Governor has taken these recommendations (for the most part) and submitted them as legislation: HB 1666 and SB (number TBD). Hearings take place this week, and then we’ll be back with updates as things move forward.

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