All four University System of New Hampshire institutions are asking for supporters to help us advocate for higher ed, and we think Keene State can raise 1,000 advocates this month. It’s easy. Sign up at the KSC Advocates site.
Why do we need 1,000 advocates?
Last year, New Hampshire’s four public colleges and universities suffered the largest budget cut—a 49 % reduction—in our state’s history, indeed in our nation’s history. At KSC, state support now provides just 6 percent of our operating budget. New Hampshire is last in the nation in per capita funding for public higher education at a time when a well-prepared entering workforce is crucial the economic development of our state.
The USNH Board of Trustees has taken a major step in seeking restoration of the state appropriation. They propose freezing in-state tuition and providing more financial assistance to needy NH students for the next two years, if the legislators restore the University System’s biennial state appropriation of $100 million.
But we can’t convince legislators by ourselves. You have an important voice in this advocacy effort. You can write letters, contact legislators, talk to friends, but if you do nothing else, check “Yes, count me in as an Advocate for KSC” today.