Why We Must Fund the Knowledge Economy

Funding higher education is an essential investment in our economy and our democracy

In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama said "higher education can't be a luxury—it's an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford." But the hard truth is that it's not. And it won't be until we make some changes and view higher education as an investment in everyone's future.

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, over the past 30 years America has slipped from first to 21st in high school completion rates and 15th in college completion rates compared to other nations. Today's students are facing obstacles that make earning a college degree a much harder journey than it was just a few years ago.

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