Leaders of GPSG, UISG, and student leaders from Iowa State and UNI submitted an Op-ed that was published in the Des Moines Register today. Our leaders called upon candidates to go on record and expressly state their position on funding Iowa's Regents institutions. Every voter deserves to be informed when they head to the ballot box this November.
Our state has followed a national trend to defund public Universities, and—as a result—students and their families have been forced to shoulder greater amounts of debt. This unsustainable model has forced students to raise their own fees to gain access to basic mental health facilities—something previously paid for through legislative appropriations. This is only one of many ways students, families, and the entire state of Iowa have been negatively affected by decreased funding.
Please read the Op-ed, linked above, and take a look at President Golinghorst's guest column in the Quad City Times. You can also see articles in the Daily Iowan, the Cedar Rapids Gazette, and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. Most importantly, keep the candidates' positions on University funding in mind when you go the ballot box this November. If you have questions, please reach out to your GPSG or UISG representatives.