March 30, 2018 1:30PM
Scott’s comments came during his weekly Virtual Town Hall livestream, which is now available at www.pittstate.tv.
“We agree that adequate funding of education is vital to the long-term prosperity of our state,” said Scott. “But in today’s world, that education goes beyond high school. Studies consistently show a direct correlation between education and income, both for the individual and their community. In economic terms, higher education isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.”
Since 2000, the largest wage gains for both men and women were among those with a college or advanced degree, according to the latest wage report from the Economic Policy Institute.
Pittsburg Sate University itself is an economic engine for Southeast Kansas. Each of its nearly 7,000 students generate an estimated $10,000 in annual economic impact.
The university also hosts several national events annually that attract thousands of visitors to the region. This year, that included both the NAIA and NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships. Competitors and fans spent millions of dollars in the region, according to the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“In just two weeks, Pittsburg State delivered more than $4.5 million in economic impact for our region,” said Scott. “We are fulfilling our mission of transforming lives in the classroom and in the community. It’s why we believe so strongly in the Regents’ resolution.”
The Regents’ resolution, passed earlier this month during KBOR’s visit to Pittsburg State’s campus, recognizes that education beyond high school is essential to the prosperity of Kansas families, the success of Kansas businesses and the growth of the Kansas economy, and affirms the Board’s support only for those education funding proposals that include Kansas universities, community colleges, and technical colleges.
“It’s especially meaningful to have had KBOR pass this resolution on our campus,” said Scott. “As a regional institution, state investment is a critical part of Pittsburg State’s budget. Our level of state general fund support is now at the same level it was in 2006, and that’s without including the impact of inflation over those 12 years. It’s another reason why we urge our legislative friends to only support educational funding proposals that include Pittsburg State University and the other Kansas universities, community colleges and technical colleges.”
The KBOR resolution passed on March 14, is available online at https://www.kansasregents.org/about/news-releases/2018-news-releases/681-regents-pass-resolution-in-support-of-funding-for-higher-education.