May 2015

May 28, 2015

As I have discussed in previous blog posts, investment in higher education is fundamental to creating economic prosperity and civic well-being in the 21st century. By educating future leaders, conducting research, and partnering with businesses and communities, public research universities like the University of Arizona have played a unique role in establishing higher education as a public good. States with higher levels of productivity and income have achieved those results partly by developing, retaining, and attracting a well-educated workforce, and public universities have a critical role in their success. When that synergy falters, the impact on the lives of workers and in the economies that shape our communities can be significant. Thus, while there is no substitute for state and federal investment in higher education, it is...