A trained workforce is essential to growth in any economy. In the current environment of growing complexity in business operations of virtually all types, quality education is increasingly important from both the individual's and the employer's perspectives.
Recent advances in the petroleum sector have led major analysts and energy companies to broadly anticipate expansive increases in Permian Basin production over the next few years. Much of this activity will be centered in the Midland area and the resulting growth will bring enormous potential benefits with profound implications for population growth and education. Proactive efforts to deal with issues and prepare for the coming growth can position the area to emerge stronger and more prosperous in the future.
The Senate has wrapped up work on its version of the budget, and Dr. Perryman notes that it includes massive cuts in higher education. He is intrigued by how this budget is balanced.