Grant universities greater autonomy from the Legislature and state rules in exchange for reduced appropriations. University appropriations have already been cut by nearly 20% since 2007 while not receiving any freedom to set their own tuition rates or generate new sources of revenue. Grant UW and WSU tuition autonomy, but cut their appropriations to only fund essential staff and low-income education grants.
If our institutions of higher education, especially the universities, treated the summer quarter/semester just like the other parts of the school year the system would be much more efficient. Many students already take summer classes, but if more classes were offered and in a normal schedule then more students would take them lowering the demand on classes during the rest of the year or cutting down significantly on ...more »
Have the U of W or WSU accredit the community colleges. The current system does not evaluate the quality of education at these facilities, but how well administrators can meet their own goals. This system would mean that the community college faculty could actually get real feedback on our instruction from those who are qualified to give it. It would also mean we could stop paying for these worthless evaluations.
From the information distributed at the Governor's public hearing, there are 100,000 students receiving $435 million in state financial aid. The various universities and colleges that these students attend should ask their alumni to step up and "adopt-a-scholar" instead of draining state funds. I don't know what the situation in Washington is, but the University of Illinois estimates that it has 600,000 living alumni. ...more »
In this State we have (6) large State Universities. Each University has its own State funded Police Department. Annual cost 25 million or more. Elimination of University Police Departments and contracts with local jurisdictions would probably save one half to one third of those costs.