The Budget Breakdown: Trimming higher ed may erode job opportunities

By Katherine Long
Originally published January 18, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Larger college classes? Fewer teaching assistants? Freezes in faculty salaries?

At a time when the governor wants to cut basic health care, adding 100 students to a freshman lecture class at the University of Washington doesn’t sound like much of a state crisis.

For a different viewpoint, consider the situation faced by Brian Bershad, a former UW computer-science professor who is now the engineering site director for Google Seattle/Kirkland. He’d like to hire more UW computer-science engineers — a lot more.

“If the UW could produce 1,000 amazing engineers every year,” Bershad said, “we’d find a way to hire them.”

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