The new administration and Congress present a unique opportunity to advocate for significant, sustainable public investment in higher education, which we sorely need. We invite your help in this effort for a “new deal” for higher education.
The American Association of University Professors, the American Federation of Teachers, and our partners at Scholars for a New Deal for Higher Education and the Roosevelt Institute are sponsoring a grass roots effort to learn what you need and what you have to say about what we might do.
Please consider joining us for a campus discussion hosted by the PSU AAUP regarding what we can do to work for a New Deal for Higher Education on Thursday, April 29th from 3 to 4 pm. Here is the link to join the session virtually.
Together with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and other allies and supporters across the higher education community, we’re exploring an ambitious agenda that centers on four main values:
- building prosperity from the bottom up
- advancing social, racial, and economic justice
- strengthening democracy and civil society
- fostering knowledge and innovation
The New Deal for Higher Education platform seeks to re-emphasize the importance of our public colleges and universities as a common good. In addition to addressing tuition costs, institutional funding, and student debt relief, we will pursue reforms related to racial inequities, labor practices, academic freedom and governance, research funding, technical and vocational education, and a host of other challenges that have diminished our national capacity to educate. You can learn more at https://newdealforhighered.org/
We urge colleagues to invite others to join this effort and welcome the help of students, professional organizations, communities, unions, and interest groups. If you haven’t done so, also check out the ongoing work of Scholars for a New Deal for Higher Ed, who “believe that a robust and inclusive system of public higher education is a necessary foundation for building a democratic, equitable, healthy, and just society in which all people and communities can thrive.”
Though we are all crazy busy, there is much to be done. This is an important time to remember we are all part of a greater community that is hard at work on the larger issues we all face.
We want to hear from you. Please consider joining us on Thursday or otherwise connecting with us to participate in this important work.Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay