Report: Investing in tech programs will pay off for the state
A business group is calling on the Legislature to more fully fund higher education and tech training after its study showed there are 25,000 unfilled high-skill jobs in Washington.
It's never been easy - and it may be getting harder - to find an unemployed computer-science major in Washington state.
Just ask Steve Singh, the CEO of a company with 700 job openings worldwide - 300 of them in Washington.
"We have a standing discussion with University of Washington computer science - anybody you graduate, we'll take," said Singh, CEO of Redmond-based Concur Technologies.
The shortage has been an ongoing issue in Washington, but as the state emerges from the economic downturn, pressure is building to grow college programs that could fill the gap.
The full story: By Katherine Long / Seattle Times higher education reporter
Great Jobs Within Our Reach: Solving the problem of Washington state's growing job skills gap
As reported from the Washington Roundtable website
Washington state would gain 160,000 jobs, spread across many sectors of its economy, if it fills its job skills gap; generating $720 million in new state tax revenues annually. That is the conclusion of a new report from the Roundtable and The Boston Consulting Group. According to the research:
There are 25,000 "acute" unfilled jobs in Washington today - jobs that have been unfilled for three months or more due to a lack of qualified candidates. Eighty percent of these jobs are in high-demand health care and high-skill STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines such as computer science and engineering.
The gap is projected to grow by another 5,000 jobs per year, reaching 50,000 jobs, by 2017. Ninety percent of those openings will be in health care and STEM roles.
Due to the multiplier effect, filling the job skills gap will generate an additional 110,000 jobs in Washington across many sectors by 2017.
Filling the job skills gap would generate $720 million in annual state tax revenues and $80 million in local tax revenues by 2017.
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New Washington State poll finds overwhelming support for higher education: Majority want funding increased. Voters clearly draw connection between access to higher education and jobs, economic growth, future of state
Olympia - Voters in Washington state overwhelmingly support public higher education and want to see funding for our colleges and universities increased, according to a new poll conducted earlier this month. The survey clearly indicates that support for higher education in Washington State is high, and that residents have a strong connection to our state's colleges and universities, viewing them as important parts of their communities and a key to future economic success and stability.
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Four years of major funding cuts to higher education
Washington will invest LESS in its public baccalaureate institutions in 2011-13 than it did in 1989-91 (in actual dollars). This is despite the fact that state spending will have grown from $12.7 billion to $32.4 billion and our institutions are serving 32,000 more students. For more information, please click the link below.
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Economic and Societal Impact of Higher Education
The report on this site details the economic, employment and government revenue impact of operations and research of all of the UW's campuses and affiliates. The report was prepared by Tripp Umbach, a nationally recognized consulting firm. For more information, please click the link below.
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Higher Education Creates Jobs
The UW supports almost 70,000 jobs in the state of Washington including artists, business professionals, construction project managers, doctors, engineers, graphic designers, lawyers, nurses, public servants, teachers and more. For more information, please click the link below.
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The UW is the major provider of highly educated workers for Washington. The UW graduates over 12,000 students each year, who then enter our workforce. Among Washington public colleges and institutions, this represents:
40% of all bachelor’s degrees
62% of all master’s degrees
75% of all doctoral degrees
72% of all professional degrees
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Higher education in Washington:
Graduating from high school:
One-fourth of adults have not earned a diploma. By one measure, the state's
high-school graduation rate was 16th lowest in the nation.
Going to college:
Washington lags behind most other states in the total number of bachelor's
degrees produced per capita only 40 of every 100 students who start ninth
grade enter college on time. Hispanic students are a particular concern;
they make up 10 percent of the population but have lower graduation rates,
lower scores on standardized tests and attend college at a much lower rate.
Paying for a degree:
Tuition is skyrocketing at the same time that family income is declining.
From 1999 to 2009, the median family income declined in constant dollars by
1.9 percent. At the same time, tuition increased in constant dollars by 42.4
percent at public two-year colleges and 39.5 percent at public four-year
colleges and universities.
The full report: www.gse.upenn.edu/irhe/srp/washington
Source: "State Policy Leadership Vacuum: Performance and Policy in
Washington Higher Education"
$9.1 billion in total economic impact generated by the UW in the state of
UW supports almost 70,000 direct and indirect jobs and has created 7,600 new
jobs (from external funding sources) since 1999.
$618.1 million in tax revenue to state and local governments, including
sales, property and business tax payments. For every $1 in state funding
allocated to the UW, $1.48 in tax revenue is returned to the state.
$1 invested by the state in the UW generates $22.56 in the total state
12,000 students graduate annually from the UW, and 74% of alumni stay in the
$394.5+ million annually in charitable donations, volunteer services and
provision of free care is generated by UW staff, faculty and students.
“The Greater Good: The Future of Higher Education in Washington State”
A keynote address by F. A. Blethen Publisher of The Seattle Times. Download the keynote.
Presidents lament budget cuts draining state's universities
Cutbacks to higher education are causing a brain drain at Washington public universities, the presidents of Washington's six four-year higher-education institutions said Wednesday.
The Seattle Times and sponsors begin a year-long campaign in support of higher education.
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