URI makes case for $100M Narragansett Bay Campus bond

PAULA S. BONTEMPI, dean of biological oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, explains a model of the planned Narragansett Bay Campus updates. / PBN PHOTO/JACQUELYN VOGHEL
NARRAGANSETT – The Ocean State has the resources to become a global leader in the blue economy, said University of Rhode Island president Marc Parlange, with URI positioned to become "the engine that fuels that activity." But to reach that full potential, Parlange said, the university's Narragansett Bay Campus, which includes the Graduate School of…

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  1. Nothing shouts “small time” better than a system that subjugates the investment in public higher education to the whims of an electorate rather than using a more knowledgeable and dedicated legislative committee to make those decisions. That very few states use this approach is telling. Imagine a state like California with its vaunted public higher education institutions – 7 universities, 23 state universities, and 115 community colleges using this RI approach. A voter would have to spend hours in the polling booth to analyze such bond requests. Not to mention that using University personnel as political hucksters is misallocation of those resources.

  2. I wonder if anyone has considered partenering with the town of Narragansett to investigate investing in a desalination plant on the Bay Campus. Many surrounding communities have experienced water shortages regularly in South County . I personally cant remember a summer without water bans. Clean Water will be in high demand if all the climate activists and nearly every Rhode Island politician are right, so then why not move on Desalination before drinking water becomes a crisis?