This presentation is not just about the University of Washington. It is about the shared future Washingtonians envision and build together. Today’s UW is the result of generations of strong partnerships and strategic public and private investments in higher education. In return, the UW has become a critical underpinning to the strength and vitality of our state. Its ability to continue to serve the needs of our citizens depends on critical decisions that must be made now. It’s all about our shared future.
Unprecedented timesIt’s no secret; we are in an economic crisis. It’s not unique to Washington, but in the last budget session, higher education in the state of Washington took one of the largest percentages of state funding cuts in the nation. This is unprecedented economic time for most of the country as states across the nation continue to struggle to balance priorities and fund essential services for their citizens. The UW is part of Washington’s system of public higher-education institutions which are facing unprecedented budget challenges. The goal of these slides is to inform all concerned parties of the UW’s current budget situation, our mission and goals, and set forth a framework for how some of these challenges might be solved.
This economic crisis has hit Washington hard. Recovery from this recession is slow.Further budget deficits are forecasted for the 2011-2013 biennium. Why does this economic crisis feel different for 4 year, public higher education?In the last biennium, the state cut budget appropriations by $115 million. The UW raised $75 million from tuition fees—leaving the UW with a $40 million shortfall. Four-year institutions in Washington have taken received a large share of the state budget cuts.Meanwhile, demand for a college-educated workforce and continued education continue to grow.
In response to dramatic reductions in state support, budget decisions were made thoughtfully and deliberately. The UW sought to preserve educational excellence and maintain student access.Still, despite substantial tuition increases, students are paying more and getting less. Reductions in course offering and job losses in academic support services like counseling and advising are making it harder for students to be successful and graduate on time. In addition, students and families needing financial aid is steadily increasing.
Steadfast These are tough times, but make no mistake – the University of Washington is steadfast in its public mission of education and service to the citizens of Washington state.
The University of Washington is in the business of building a better future for Washington state and its kids– through education, discovery and innovation, and public service. Everyday, we work to educate our citizens, find solutions to our biggest challenges, and build stronger communities.
Recently, there has been a lot of noise around the value of higher education. Is it worth it? Why should I care? Even in tough times like these, unemployment rates for college educated workers are half of those without a college education. But it’s not just about getting a job. It’s about new opportunities, civic engagement, and giving back.Education matters. Our kids deserve better. Education isn’t simply a line-item expenditure. It’s the best investment in a better life and economic security.
For the first time, the current generation of college-aged Americans will be less educated than their parents. Our kids deserve better.In Washington, budget decisions are not preparing our kids to meet the challenges of the global economy or meet the needs of our local workforce.
Producing smart people and good ideas is what a university does—the UW just does an amazing job at it. We educate almost 100,000 people annually—from all economic backgrounds and at all stages in life. It is part of our DNA as a public institution.The UW also understands remaining strong and globally competitive is the Washington Way. Washington is an “innovation economy” with the variety of global, industry leading companies and organizations headquartered here; Washington has one of the highest demands in the nation for an educated workforce (6th in the nation).
An educated and high quality workforce provides WA companies with the chance to hire and retain local talent. It’s cheaper for companies, and its good for the state. Nearly 75% of UW alumni stay in the state to work and live after graduation, thereby creating a strong and educated workforce. Forbes magazine ranked us #1 in the country for keeping college graduates in the state—not only is the Pacific Northwest an amazing environment to life, but it also avails opportunities to live, work and raise families.
This is an impressive number when you consider that the total amount of community benefits provided to Washington state by its staff, faculty and students is nearly equals the state appropriation.Also, the UW provides care to approximately 25% of all individuals on Medicaid within the state.
The UW retained Tripp Umbach, a national research firm, to help quantify both the economic and societal impacts the UW has for the state of Washington. When the report was completed and presented to university leadership – Paul Umbach, founder and senior principal of Tripp Umbach, shared, “The UW has one of the biggest impacts of the 150 national universities the firm had modeled.”The overall impact of the UW is $9.1 billion. The direct impact of the UW is $4.0 billion dollars. The $9.1 billion in impact has three main drivers:UW Operations, including $600 million in UW visitor spending and the impact of over 3,000 international students who come into Washington State to study. UW Medicine, representing 45% of the total impact and the medical school is in the top 5 nationally. This impact is impressive especially when you consider that compared to its peers, UW Medicine is relatively new only 50-60 years old-- Penn Medicine’s 1st CEO was Ben Franklin and Harvard’s was Paul Revere – UW Medicine has gone further faster than its competitors and peers. UW Research, including $1.15 billion in sponsored research, is the top public research university in the country. This represents a real growth engine for the University of Washington.
The big story here is jobs. UW is a major generator of jobs--quality jobs with benefits packages. The UW directly employs nearly 28,000 people and another 42,000 FTEs are supported because of the business and operations of the University. These indirect jobs are the businesses that support university operations such as the construction companies building new research space for UW Researchers, and the caterers and vendors who provide food for conferences and meetings hosted by the UW, the laundry service, and the security guards at UW football games. 2 out of every 100 jobs in the state are attributable to the operations of the UW. 1 in every 18 jobs in Seattle is related to the presence of the UW. That means, every morning you were take the ferry or the bus into work, one of every 18 people has a job either directly or indirectly because of the UW.
Return on Washington States investmentOf all the universities that Tripp Umbach has studied, this return to the statewide economy is the most impressive. The typical, state university returns $10.00 for every $1.00 invested by the state, the UW returns double. Compared to its peers, the UW remains impressive with $16.72 for the University of North Carolina and UCLA at $15.92.Currently, the UW activities generate more state and local tax revenue than we receive in state appropriation-- $1.56 for every $1.00 of investment. Some would say “Great!” the state can invest less and still get the same result. However, that statement is looking at just the ratio and not the reality of what is needed to sustain and grow a strong research university. It is the goose that lays golden eggs. The goose needs to be well cared for and supported – fed, watered and protected so that it can lay the golden eggs (external research dollars, commercial spin-off and discovery, top-notch students, etc.). The University of Washington relies on state funding to keep it healthy. Without state support, the benefits we provide will deteriorate.
State funding is at the core of our public mission. It is the foundational support that determines our impact and contribution to the state.The majority of state funding pays for our incredible faculty.These faculty, in turn:Teach and mentor our studentsTackle society’s biggest challengesBring in over $ 1 billion in federal research fundingSupport 22,626 jobsLaunch over 250 companiesResearch Impact$1.15 billion is sponsored research is as good as it gets– and it would be impossible without our faculty. The UW received more federal funding than any other public university. This research includes of course UW Medicine which is a real powerhouse in attracting NIH dollars bout also the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Engineering, and College of the Environment.The diverse research portfolio at UW is one of the most diverse in the country. The direct and indirect impact of UW Research alone totals $3.0 billion. Nearly 1/3rd of total job impact is due to the presence and growth of UW research. However, our overall $9.1 billion impact is just the tip of the iceberg. Not included in the $9.1 billion impact are the 250 companies that have spun out of the Center for Commercialization (C4C). There has been a great deal of activity for commercialization including patents, licenses and royalty fees. Based on Tripp Umbach’s projections, in 10 years the $1.15 billion in sponsored research will generate an additional impact of $3.6 billion in economic impact. But this is only possible if we protect our core public funding.
Times are tough, but we want to build a stronger future. The UW is part of the solution. We must continue to provide the citizens of Washington access to higher education—our state and our kids are worth it. This training program will hopefully help us all continue to build positive relationships with our cities and state.
Our agenda is simple…
And it comes with our commitment.
If everyone across our three campuses worked together to tell our stories in a common and consistent way, we have a better chance of being heard in the community. Alone, none of us have the resources to truly break through — but together, we can leverage each other’s work and collectively elevate the profile of higher education. In these unprecedented economic times, working together is more important than ever before.
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It’s all about our sharedfuture<br />A defining moment for the state of Washington <br />1<br />
Unprecedented decline in state funding<br />The UW lost 30% of state funding<br />Per student funding has been cut to 1990 levels <br />Tuition now surpasses state support for the first time<br />3<br />
Unprecedentedimpact to the UW<br />In making budget decisions, UW sought to preserve educational excellence and maintain student access.<br />We made careful but difficult decisions:<br />Over 800 positions eliminated<br />16% cut in administration <br />12% cut in academic programs<br />As a result: <br />It takes longer and costs more to graduate<br />The need for financial aid has increased<br />4<br />
STEADFASTin our shared mission and values<br />We value education, guaranteeing a better future for our kids and for our state. <br />We value discovery and innovation, finding the best ideas and timely solutions to our biggest challenges.<br />We all value service and partnership, working together to build stronger, vibrant communities and a better world.<br />We are committed. Together, we create our shared future.<br />6<br />
EDUCATIONmatters. <br />Higher education means opportunity and economic security. <br />College-educated citizens: <br />Get jobs<br />Stay out of jail<br />Don’t rely on social services<br />Vote<br />Give back to their communities<br />Create jobs<br />7<br />
8<br />EDUCATIONis key to our state’s future<br />For the first time, the current generation of college-aged Americans will be less educated than their parents. <br />Washington ranks at the bottom in the nation for the number of its citizens who attend four year universities.<br />However, our own businesses and industries are relying more and more on a college-educated workforce:<br />Washington has one of the highest demands in the nation for an educated workforce<br />
UWgraduates are our workforce and employers<br />The UW educates nearly 100,000 people each year: <br />Over 45,000 students attend<br />And 12,000 graduate as future employees<br />39% of all bachelor’s<br />62% of all master’s<br />73% professional <br />74% of all Ph.D.s<br />Another 45,000 Washington citizens take advantage of Professional & Continuing Education programs <br />10<br />
UWalumni stay here<br />75% of UW alumni stay in Washington to live, work, and raise families<br />Over 213,000 alumni live in Washington — more than the population of Spokane or Tacoma<br />#1 “Best state for keeping college grads” — Forbes Magazine, March 2009<br />11<br />
UWgives back<br />UW students, faculty and staff contribute $400 million in community benefits every year including:<br />$267 million in charitable care provided by UW Medicine—supporting 1/3 of all charitable care in Washington state<br />$55 million donated to local charitable organizations by UW Faculty and Staff<br />Over346,000 hours of service to area communities by UW students<br />12<br />
UWis a major part of Washington’s economy<br />13<br />
UWcreates jobs<br />69,803 jobs are supported by the UW<br />27,921 direct jobs<br />41,882 indirect jobs<br />3rd largest employer in state<br />Boeing<br />Microsoft<br />UW <br />6.1% of the total labor force in Seattle<br />14<br />
UWis the state’s best investment<br />15<br />
State funding supports our core instructional mission<br />16<br />The UW is a $3.3 billion enterprise<br />State funds and tuition are the foundation of the UW – supporting the teaching and education that leverage federal and private investment <br />
We must act. NOW.<br />Now is the time renew our commitment to solving our toughest challenge in higher education. Our children are worth it, and our economic future depends on it.<br />17<br />
Uw’sproposal<br />18<br />Protectstate investment in public higher education.<br />Allow the University greater capacity to manage its revenues and operations.<br />
Uw’scommitment<br />19<br />Clear accountability to the state and its taxpayers<br />Continued pursuit of new ways to increase efficiencyand fiscal discipline<br />Commitment to our public mission and service– educating Washington state citizens and serving the needs of our state<br />
You can help by educating others.<br />Make higher education a priority. We all have a stake in the UW. Our kids are worth it, and our economy depends on it.<br />Protect public funding for higher education. It’s not about the UW, it’s about a better future for our kids and the state.<br />Allow the UW greater ability to manage its resources and operations. We are a part of the solution– help us help you.<br />20<br />
What we say is important. How we say it is even more important. <br />Everyone is searching for ways to help the UW share our message.<br />Whom can you contact? <br />Randy HodginsVice President, External Affairs<br />Margaret ShepherdDirector, State Relations<br />Colleen Fukui-Sketchley President, UW Alumni Association<br />21<br />
Working together, we can secure the future of our children and the future of Washington.<br />22<br />