Dear Governor/ Representative/ Senator [Insert Last Name]:
As a constituent living in [City/Town], I am urging you to make funding for higher education a priority in the next fiscal year.
While [Insert State] continues to struggle with the social and economic consequences of the pandemic, I know that you will face tough decisions in the months ahead. That’s why I want you to know that I believe investments in higher education that include the arts and sciences are extremely important to the present and future of this state.
Institutions of higher education, as communities of people dedicated to education, research, and service, have answered the call to arms against the pandemic through both scientific and humanistic research. In doing so, they positively contributed to our community. They have also demonstrated their ability to be nimble, responsive, and indispensable to society in the wake of this health and economic crisis.
Research has shown time and again that workers with a college education typically earn more than those without a degree. During the pandemic, individuals with higher levels of education had lower unemployment rates, despite the pandemic’s negative impact on various industries. With a college education, many will establish an educational foundation that will enable them to grow and to innovate both in their careers and in their communities.
A well-rounded arts and sciences education can develop both inventive employees and thoughtful citizens. Excellent communications skills will serve public health officials and technologists well, and it’s helpful to understand the broader social context for products and projects. Likewise, arts and humanities students should know how to marshal data and figures effectively to enhance research, creativity, and transferability. This approach entails rigor, but also makes for a more interesting life and can pay off too. In fact, one top factor associated with six-figure salaries is taking courses outside a major.
I firmly believe that we need to ensure that more of our state’s young people can access a quality higher education that prepares them for all of life. Again, I urge you to work with your colleagues to make funding for higher education that includes the arts and sciences a priority.
Please keep me informed about your efforts.
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