Arkansas Tech’s Student Government Association travelled to the Capitol to deliver their resolution in favor of the importance of higher education funding in Arkansas.
The annual Day at the Capitol, an opportunity for students to meet with state legislators, will host multiple SGAs from across the state, allowing students to tour the Capitol building, meet with local representatives and discuss higher education funding in Arkansas. “The student governments of the four year public higher education institutions of Arkansas have united under the Arkansas Association of Students to advocate on behalf of their constituents in support of increased affordability of higher education in Arkansas,” according to the resolution.
Several senators are expected to be a part of the trip to Little Rock and will be accompanied by Jenny Butler, SGA adviser and assistant director of campus life.
“It’s important that we represent Tech at the Capitol, because it’s our job to make sure our students voices are being heard –not only by university officials, but also by people who can make a difference on the state level,” said Senator-At-Large Brooke Miller, senior psychology major from Bigelow.
Tech’s resolution encourages the state to freeze tuition costs, increase the funding of higher education, maintain the current lottery scholarship funds and review the idea of making textbooks tax-free in Arkansas.
“Arkansas is among the lowest in the nation for college graduation and degree attainment rates,” according to the resolution. “Funding sources in addition to the Arkansas lottery may be necessary to maintain the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship and continue to support Arkansas students pursuing degrees.”
“The entire organization should utilize this experience as a teaching moment,” said Miller. “We should come back with information that allows us to educate our peers about the lack of funding for our university, but we should also bring back some hope for the future of our university.”