University Presidents Not Pleased With Gregoire's Higher-Ed Plan

Friday, January 4, 2013

Gov. Chris Gregoire's goal of not raising college tuition over the next two years is not sitting well with the leaders of Washington's universities, who say the proposal fails to recognize the budget problems they face.

A decade ago, state dollars paid about 70 percent of the cost to educate an undergraduate student and tuition covered most of the rest. Those numbers have flipped.

Most of that change has happened during the past four years, as the Legislature put double-digit tuition increases into the state budget to help make up for decreases in state dollars going to Washington colleges and universities.

By encouraging no tuition increases in her proposed budget for the next biennium while not finding other money for higher education, Gregoire is leaving universities to solve their own financial problems, University of Washington President Michael Young and his colleagues from the state's four-year colleges and universities said.

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