Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Higher Education in the spotlight

Posting from an outpost in Meeker County today...

Students from across the state made their way to the capitol to make their voices heard on higher education issues. I have been to several of these rallies over the years and have always had a very good time. The efforts of our college students, advocating for their peers is a powerful experience. Organizations like the Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA) and the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) provide the campuses across the state with the staffing and subject matter expertise to make their stories resonate at the capitol.

The Startribune covered the event at the capitol today.

D.J. Danielson has piled up $21,000 in debt as a Winona State University student. Kara Brockett: $25,000 at Southwest Minnesota State University. Rick Howden, a Winona State senior, will graduate this year with $48,000 in loans to pay back.

Think about that. All that debt at a public institution. Access to affordable and quality public higher education is a must in order for our society to remain competitive on a global scale.

Great job at the rally and keep up the fight!


We also got to see Justin McMartin, MSUSA Chair and Ezra Kazee from Winona on Channel 5.

Keep up the fire guys!

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