2020 PLAN: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY GOAL:
INITIATIVE: Enhance Board of Student Body Presidents’ role in Higher Education
As a student body, we are conscious of the fact that college costs money, time and energy and we give those things at our own benefit or peril. There is no attempt to pass higher education off as a right; but what must be acknowledged is that higher education is an investment by all, for all. The Plan attempts to articulate this investment through policy initiatives. College must be affordable, and affordability must be defined. When colleges become unaffordable, universities bring in less revenue and contribute less trained workers, less provided services and less community engagement. Costs must be kept low; college must be kept affordable. This is a statewide issue. The execution of this section of The Plan will largely be under the purview of the SGA President.
The Board of Student Body Presidents is the statewide board made up of the 8 public institutions of higher education in Kentucky. Those schools are UofL, UK, Murray State, Morehead, Kentucky State, EKU, WKU and Northern Kentucky. The student voice can be stronger across the state if these schools develop statewide programs to encourage higher education support and college affordability initiatives. The programs below will go statewide to ensure this progress.
Goal: Establish Tax Services Program (2012) Completed
Goal: Host Listen Up Legislators events on UofL’s campus (2014) Completed
INITIATIVE: Grow student interest in the policymaking process affecting higher education
Goal: Create and implement a sustainable program for UofL students to gain advocacy experience at the state and federal level (2014) Completed