CU tenured and non-tenured faculty and graduate students are the drivers of CU’s mission - education and research, but with declining state funding for CU, today CU Boulder gets only 5% of its budget from the Legislature. Consequently, faculty and graduate student salaries and benefits are not competitive compared to many other universities, especially those in the PAC 12.

Add to this the prohibitive cost of housing along the Front Range, and the high cost of childcare for young families, and it’s no wonder CU struggles to attract and retain the very best people. As I did when I was on the school board, I would work with our Legislators to increase the level of financial support for CU to drive down tuition and increase faculty and graduate student pay.