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

January 31, 2011

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:

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Here’s the Governor’s Higher Education Funding Task Force Proposal. Now What?

January 6, 2011

There’s been a lot of press and a lot of reaction (both positive & negative) to the press conference this past Monday at which the Governor’s Higher Education Funding Task Force presented their recommendations. Your trusty Prosperity Blog has been following this story since the summer, and – while this blog is not for policy-advocacy, per se – I do think that it’s important to clarify a few things that initial reactions to the proposal are getting wrong:

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Weekly B-MOW: Governor’s Higher Education Task Force

November 12, 2010

Two weeks ago, the B-MOW involved hanging out at the White House (technically, the Old Executive Office Building) with senior administration officials. This week, it’s chilling with the Governor and a Microsoft VP. Which is cooler? And by cooler, I mean more important to regional economic development policy. You decide, after reading this week’s Best Meeting of the Week: Governor’s Higher Education Task Force. Read the rest of this entry »


The Case for State Investment in Higher Education

September 7, 2010

When you try to make “the economic development case for higher education,” it’s pretty easy. I’m not just talking about the huge economic impact of higher education institutions like the University of Washington. I’m talking about how important it is to the economy for people to get higher education. The Seattle Times put it pretty well yesterday: “More skills or less pay.”

The funny thing is that, while the above argument is easy to make, there’s a related one that’s not so easy: “the economic development case for state investment in higher education.” Read the rest of this entry »


Everyone’s Talking Higher Ed

August 9, 2010

I’m not saying that I’m ahead of the curve. I’m just saying that other people are also talking about the things that I’m bringing up as major issues for our economy. And by other people, I mean the President of the United States: Read the rest of this entry »


Save Higher Ed

August 4, 2010

Why do we care about our state’s four-year higher education institutions?

It seems like an obvious point, but it’s worth articulating. The academic answer is that our economy needs bachelors degrees; specifically, by 2018, 67% of jobs in Washington state will require postsecondary education. Plus they bring lots of economic impact, attract federal grant money, employ tens of thousands of people, and help develop new technologies.

But that seems sort of dry and removed from the average person’s daily life. The real reason is very personal: we want our kids to be able to go to school in their own state and then get a job and stay here. And that possibility is significantly at risk right now. Read the rest of this entry »