With the budget stretched and funding for higher education dropping, where should funding for Oregon’s public universities rank in the state’s myriad priorities? How important are the universities to business issues? The 551 respondents in this issue’s Input survey place a significant value on funding higher education, with 52% saying funding higher ed was a “very high” or “high” priority. The majority also said the state’s universities were important to economic growth, attracting business and educating future leaders. CFM Strategic Communications conducted the survey of Oregon Business readers in late March.