Resolution on Improving Access to Higher Education
WHEREAS, education is the single most important key to our nation’s long-term success and to the future of each individual citizen; and
WHEREAS, improving access to higher education ensures more Americans have the skills necessary to compete in today’s global economy; and
WHEREAS, despite the importance of higher education, the United States continues to fall further behind other developed countries in the percentage of students earning their degree; and
WHEREAS, minority and low income students are even less likely than white students to earn a college degree; and
WHEREAS, these problems are being compounded by the rising cost of tuition, which is making it even harder for the average American family to afford college; and
WHEREAS, state policymakers need to work closely with colleges and universities to improve access to higher education so that all American’s have an opportunity to enroll in college;
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages state legislators and government officials to recognize the importance of higher education to their economic growth and development and that state policymakers place a greater emphasis on improving access to higher education so that their citizens can obtain the skills necessary to compete in today’s changing economy.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages state legislatures to offer more stability in revenue for institutions of higher education. States should consider financial incentives or rewards aimed at colleges and universities for courses students complete as well as for students enrolled.
Adopted this 31st Day of May, 2008 at the CSG 75th Anniversary Celebration
in Lexington, Kentucky.