The state revenue crisis and a corporatized Board of Regents have led the University of Washington to behave more like a private corporation than a flagship public university.
The evidence is clear:
- State funding for UW collapsed by 45% from 2008-2012 and has only recently started to recover.
- Meanwhile, undergraduate tuition has skyrocketed, rising by $4,000 between 2009 -2012. Half of UW students graduate with student debt.
- Diversity at the UW does not reflect the surrounding community. Only 3% of undergraduate students, and only 2% of full-time faculty, are African American.
- Thousands of UW and UW Medicine faculty and staff earn less than market rate, in some cases less than $15/hour. 70% of faculty are either non-tenure-track or have to raise the funds to cover their own salaries.
- Insufficient staffing imperils quality patient care and maintenance of our University.
- The UW relies on growing bond debt and corporate partnerships to replace collapsing state funding. Nearly 10% of a given student’s annual undergraduate tuition goes towards paying this debt.
- UW’s corporatized Board of Regents operates behind closed doors, and often prioritizes corporate interests over those of our University. The corporations they represent spent huge sums to defeat a 2010 progressive tax initiative that would have helped restore state funding for higher education.
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