Lyne is also concerned that the governor is asking the task force to look at improving school performance and accountability. He says those are not problems; that the university system is at the top of national performance ratings, although it ranks 48th in terms of state funding.
"This state has for a long time been getting a world-class university system at well-below market rates. So, the idea that you can comb our budgets and find fat there that you can cut and make it cheaper, is just not true."
The governor’s office says public four-year universities must increase the number of degrees they grant by 30 percent in order to meet the growing demand for skilled workers. The Higher Education Funding Task Force will meet through the summer and make its recommendations to the governor this fall, as she prepares next year’s legislative agenda.