General election is Nov. 8
Thanks for your loyalty as a KU Alumni Association member. One of the most important ways you can advocate for KU is to vote tomorrow, Nov. 8, in the general election for legislative candidates who support higher education.
This election year is critical to the future of Kansas colleges and universities. In recent years, state financial support for KU has fallen dramatically:
- From fiscal year 2000 to fiscal year 2016, state funding for KU decreased by $182 million.
- Though the total per-student cost of education has declined from $22,748 to $22,034, students and families now bear most of the burden.
- In fiscal year 2000, state funds provided 71.4 percent of the total cost per student, while tuition dollars paid 28.6 percent. In fall 2016, students and their families will pay 58.8 percent of the cost, and state funds will provide 41.2 percent.
Please make higher education a key consideration as you cast your vote tomorrow—and encourage your fellow citizens to do the same. To find your polling location, visit voteks.org.
If you would like to become more involved in legislative advocacy for KU, the Alumni Association also coordinates a statewide network, Jayhawks for Higher Education. More than 1,700 alumni and friends are JHE members. They receive emails highlighting KU’s legislative priorities, and they take action on KU’s behalf at critical points throughout the legislative session. To add your voice to our advocacy efforts, please join JHE.
Thanks again for your Jayhawk loyalty—and Rock Chalk!
Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09