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VOTERS: Thanks for support of UI

| November 10, 2010 7:47 AM

On behalf of the University of Idaho, I extend my thanks and gratitude to Idaho voters for their support in the passage of SJR101 - the Idaho tuition and fees amendment.

The landscape of higher education is changing. With this resolution, we have much needed flexibility to adapt to these changes. It will allow us to more efficiently manage limited state and student funds to provide students with the quality education they deserve and expect.

Now we can invest resources where they will make the greatest impact - in direct support of classroom instruction. This also makes the university more attractive to nationally recognized faculty members, who generate innovative solutions to the challenges facing society.

This flexibility is important as we recognize the significance of higher education and its impact within Idaho. A recent independent study showed that U-Idaho activities contribute nearly $1 billion into Idaho's economy annually. As Idaho's land-grant institution, we are dedicated to educating our citizens to ensure continued economic growth and a sustainable future.

We are committed to the educational mission of Idaho and our students. This amendment empowers the University of Idaho to be more efficient and effective in its fulfillment of that mission. Thank you!

M. DUANE NELLIS

President

University of Idah

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