The University of Washington has long relied on its reputation for excellence in education and research. But that reputation could soon be at risk.
"Hard to recruit, hard to retain, under circumstances where resources are this tight," says Professor Paul Hopkins who chairs the Department of Chemistry. He's seen good professors come and unfortunately, more and more of them go. "I lost three in one year."
Budget cuts mean UW is ripe for raids by other institutions. And there's less and less the school can do to stop it. "It's frustrating because it feels like a waste. To have invested in these faculty members for all those years and you get to that last productive phase and then to lose them? It feels like a waste for the state," says Hopkins.