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Public universities look toward federal government

SEATTLE (AP) - Public university presidents across the nation are discussing a new source of money to keep their campuses going. In five regional meetings this month, they'll take up the topic of how to get more dollars from the federal government to replace dwindling state support of their institutions.

University of Washington President Mark Emmert said in an interview Friday that it will take a collection of solutions to maintain the quality of higher education in this country. State dollars built the nation's public university system, but Emmert doubts the states will be the answer for maintenance and future growth.

And he says that's not just a state concern. He believes the nation would suffer if state governments give up on public higher education.

The five regional meetings of university presidents are being held in Texas, Washington state, Georgia, Wisconsin and New Jersey.

 

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