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State of Washington      57th Legislature     2002 Regular Session


By House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives Alexander, Murray, Kenney, Cox, O'Brien, Schmidt, Hankins, McIntire, Edwards and Esser)


Read first time 03/08/2001.  Referred to Committee on .

Creating a joint select committee to review future facilities needs for higher education.

    WHEREAS, The Higher Education Coordinating Board is charged with the duty of preparing a comprehensive master plan for higher education in this state; and

    WHEREAS, The state master plan for higher education sets a goal to increase enrollment in postsecondary education through 2010 to meet increased demand; over 50,000 new full-time equivalent students are expected to enter the public system by 2010; and

    WHEREAS, The Governor's 2020 Commission on the Future of Postsecondary Education recommended increasing the higher education enrollment goal to better respond to the growing demands of a knowledge-based economy and challenged the state to find creative solutions to serve the growing number of people without building new college campuses; and

    WHEREAS, The legislature has a responsibility to preserve and maintain the existing investment in higher education capital assets while balancing the need for new facilities to meet the growing student enrollment levels; and

    WHEREAS, The legislature must evaluate the policy, financial, and facility implications of the higher enrollment goals for higher education;

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, By the House of Representatives of the state of Washington, the Senate concurring, That a joint select committee on the future facility needs of higher education be established to review the proposed higher education enrollment levels in the state master plan, review the facility needs for future students, review the preservation needs for higher education facilities, and review the funding options for preservation and additional higher education facilities in the state; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the joint select committee consist of twelve members, two members each, one from each major caucus, from the House of Representatives Committees on Capital Budget, Appropriations, and Higher Education, appointed by the Co-Speakers of the House of Representatives, and four members from the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, two from each major caucus, and two members from the Senate Committee on Higher Education, one from each major caucus, all appointed by the President of the Senate; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the committee report its findings and recommendations to the legislature at the regular session held in 2002.


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