The first two points I made regarding education work hand in hand. Before I formally announced my candidacy, I visited local manufacturers throughout the district to gain a better understanding of how they work, and more importantly, what they need moving forward. All of the companies made it a point to acknowledge flaws in the educational system. One company emphasized the importance of vocational schools, identifying multiple jobs that pay in the 60-80K range (immediately after school) that do not require a college education. Another company pointed out that specific training programs in college were required, yet none of the state universities offered them, despite previous lobbying efforts. If elected, I will meet with all of these companies again, put together a specific and detailed plan, and approach all the universities and promote these programs.
It's time we re-evaluate spending at state universities. These schools exist to serve the students, not the other way around. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Education found in a review that UCONN spends more on administration than the 71 other public research universities nationwide. Of the $49,739 UConn spent on each student during the 2010-11 school year, $8,493 went to pay for non-classroom administrative costs. These costs make up 17 percent of the university’s budget. The U.S. Department of Education reported that in the fall of 2011, the university employed 289 full-time executive/administrative/managerial employees. Additionally, there were 830 full-time staff classified as “clerical and secretarial.”
This administrative bloat hasn’t improved. As a student at the University, I believe it’s time to conduct a thorough review of those at the top of the chain in Storrs. It’s time to evaluate whether we are being as effective as possible. I will be a strong advocate for students and for smart spending tailored towards serving the student body.
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