The State Higher Education Executive Officers, a nonpartisan association, has written an open letter asking President Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, to strengthen federal support for public colleges.
In the letter, the association urges the candidates to sustain the amount of federal money for research as well as need-based student aid.
It’s not all about the money, though. State higher-education leaders also want the next president to continue to emphasize college completion as a national priority, and to support the development of clear educational standards from elementary school through college.
Higher education, the letter says, will be a key player in finding solutions to the difficult economic, environmental, and health-care challenges the country faces. “Without a stronger education system,” the letter says, “we will lack the human capital and technological know-how to solve any of the nation’s short- and long-term problems.”