News Release from AASCU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2017-02-07

Contact: Jennifer Walpole 202-478-4665

AASCU STATEMENT ON THE CONFIRMATION OF BETSY DeVOS FOR SECRETARY OF EDUCATION

On behalf of the more than 400 state colleges and universities that comprise the membership of AASCU, we congratulate Betsy DeVos on her confirmation as Secretary of Education. We pledge to work with her to address the nation’s most pressing higher education challenges—affordability and the financing of public higher education in America.

America’s public colleges and universities are gateways to opportunity for millions of students and families, but they need adequate resources to perform that function well. Years of state disinvestment in public education have resulted in higher tuition, reduced affordability and growing student debt, all of which directly impact the futures of millions of students and their families across the country.

AASCU stands ready to work with the secretary and her leadership team to promote access, affordability and quality in higher education.

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The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise of Opportunities for All.