Those of you who have been obsessing about higher education funding lo these last ten or 15 years know what it's like to be stuck in a box.
There has been one and one approach only to public funding of higher education for the better part of 60 years: tuition + support from the state general fund. Once upon a time--you know, until 2009--most of higher education funding came from the state general fund. (I promise not to go into this again--just now.)
Over the past three weeks everyone left behind on summer break has been on a steady diet of budgeting. But no 2014 budget banquet can be complete without a healthy serving of Responsibility Centered management. RCM is either a fiscal Bogeyman or fiscal Deliverer. It is neither.
Thanks to Andy in OE we have a preview of the new College Affordability and Transparency list, which demonstrates that those who increase tuition fastest win the state budget wars. Review the highest-increase list below, and then you will understand why these schools are not seeking additional state tuition authority (allegedly).
As I was saying, there are too many "budget" exercises ongoing for reasonable people to track. The latest government efficiency campaign is called LEAN. LEAN For Dummies says LEAN is "a customer-centric methodology used to continuously improve any process through the elimination of waste in everything you do; it is based on the ideas of “Continuous Incremental Improvement” and “Respect for People.”
There are so many "budget exercises" going on right now I guess I shouldn't be surprised people are conflating one with the other.
The governor's exercise: Earlier this month Gov. Inslee asked all state agencies--yes, we're an agency--to model a 15% budget cut. This is not an atypical request at the beginning of budget season. No one is sadder than I that it IS the beginning of budget season. Seems like we just finished a legislative session. Time to start a new one.
Welcome back to the Briefing Room!
Good news! Glad to have you back. Bad news. Launching this blog again because we have re-entered the Budget Vortex. Just when we thought we were out....it keeps pulling us back in.