Crucial investment

In recent weeks, Gov. Sam Brownback has been touring college campuses in support of public higher education. His budget calls for stable funding and targeted investments in growing and vital areas of the higher education system to support the recovery and growth of the Kansas economy. The Board of Regents is grateful for the governor's efforts on behalf of a strong higher education system.

In order to grow tax rolls, Kansas needs new businesses to succeed, existing businesses to grow, and more people working. Achieving a higher education credential, from a technical or community college or a university, is the best way to ensure Kansans are the first choice of current and future employers; and to ensure that businesses invest in Kansas with confidence.

Nearly 7 percent of Kansans are enrolled at a public higher education institution right now. Their investment in higher education is their pro-growth strategy. And, more than 60 percent of Kansans have obtained some higher education.

Clearly, a majority of Kansans realize higher education is crucial to the future of the state.

We applaud the governor for advocating for his higher education budget. If we want Kansas to grow, it is time to make investments that support growth. Providing stable higher education funding is an investment in the growth of the human and intellectual capital of Kansas ... it is an investment in the future of our state and our citizens.

Tim Emert, Regents chairman; Fred Logan, vice chairman; and Andy Tompkins, president and CEO