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Warwick, RI 02886

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Supporting Question 4

Oct. 21, 2014

A bond issue on the November ballot will benefit our sister institution, the University of Rhode Island, and affect the future of engineering education in our state.

Question 4 will ask voters to approve $125 million to build a state-of-the-art 195,000-square-foot College of Engineering building and renovate existing facilities at the university's Kingston campus. URI will leverage this with an additional $20 million goal in private contributions for equipment, 40 percent of which already has been raised.

CCRI is the largest source of transfer students to the College of Engineering, which serves 1,300 undergraduate and 250 graduate students and has experienced a 39 percent increase in enrollment since 2003. On average over the last decade, 22 CCRI students have transferred into engineering each year, representing a little more than 5 percent of the College of Engineering's new enrollment annually.

If the project is completed, it will make possible an 18 percent increase in College of Engineering enrollment and result in a 40 percent increase in optimized classroom and research space.

This bond issue will have a meaningful impact on the Rhode Island economy. Engineers support the state's defense, manufacturing, research, biomedical and service industries. Seventy percent of URI's Class of 2014 engineering majors are from Rhode Island and more than 4,000 of the program's graduates are living in Rhode Island, where the demand for engineers is high: More than 7,200 are employed by more than 750 Ocean State companies.

The college's graduates go on to well-paying jobs with average starting salaries ranging from $52,048 to $83,181 nationally. And they are successful in finding employment; 90 percent of the Class of 2013 is employed or attending graduate school.

The URI College of Engineering is an economic engine for Rhode Island, but an investment is needed to update and modernize its inadequate facilities, which are more than 50 years old, so it can remain competitive with other universities and attract the best students and faculty.

Question 4 has the support of several Rhode Island corporate partners, many of whom are great friends and partners of CCRI, as well as the endorsement of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance and the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association. We join with them in supporting a "yes" vote on Question 4 on Nov. 4.

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