In a post last December, we provided some “straight talk” regarding the impact of state budget cuts on the University of Washington in general, and on UW Computer Science & Engineering in particular. It was covered in Crosscut and elsewhere.
UW has now issued a short document that puts budget cuts and tuition increases in perspective. A significant shift in financial responsibility from the state to individuals is taking place. The increase in tuition, however, falls far short of making up for the reduction in state funds.
Somehow — now, more than ever, given shifts in America’s economy — great public universities such as the University of Washington must continue to serve as engines of socioeconomic upward mobility for the smart youngsters who grow up in their regions.