The Arizona Desert Lamp

Why tertiary education?

Posted in Campus, Education Policy by Evan Lisull on 3 June 2009

“The UA is eager to be part of the solution to our economic crisis, not just a victim. That means taking our fair share of cuts – which we have, and then some. But it also it means preserving our ability get students through school and into the workforce, to find solutions to society’s most pressing problems, and to serve as a powerful attractor of businesses and families to Arizona.”

-President Robert Shelton, endorsing Governor Brewer’s FY2010 budget.

“I commend Governor Jan Brewer for her wisdom and courage in proposing a state budget that both deals with the current budget deficit and ensures Arizona’s economic future. If Arizona is to return to prosperity in the near future, the state’s universities must continue to train workers, attract research funding, develop new industries and spin off start-up companies. Indeed, the state’s research universities are the key to the kind of economic diversification that will moderate future economic downturns in the state.”

-ASU President Michael Crow, also endorsing Gov. Brewer’s budget

“We want to be part of the solution to help this State climb out of the budget crisis with a workforce that is prepared for a diverse economy and high‐wage jobs.”

-NAU President John Haeger, who not only has endorsed [PDF] the budget but has offered his services to help push it through the legislature.

“The Arizona Economic Council believes strong K-12 and university systems are vital to Arizona’s ability to compete for high-tech, high-quality 21st century jobs.”

-The Arizona Economic Council, in a recent post.

“Postsecondary education is the final stage of the education continuum, often continuing throughout the course of an individual’s life. Whether a student chooses a four-year university, two-year community college or a career and technical education program, postsecondary degree completion provides more job opportunities for students and greater economic prosperity for our state.”

-Expect More Arizona, in its post-secondary education facts page.

Remind me what that was about libertarians caring for nothing but big business?

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  1. If one has to pretend that higher education is a public and not private good, then we’ll hear this stuff ad nauseum.

  2. Zeke said, on 8 June 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Oh god, it’s begun. Our state is screwed…

  3. […] is really the kind of satellite campus they were looking for. All must be sacrificed on the altar of “job creation,” and that includes educational […]

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