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What We Want To Change
For too long higher education has been ignored and forgotten by the Arizona Legislature. Since 2008, ASU has been cut almost $1.5 billion in total funding. According to a national report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, funding for Arizona’s universities has fallen by 54% since 2008, more than three times the national decline over the same period.
In fact, funding from the state for resident students has fallen from 72.2% in 2008 to 34% in 2017, while ASU enrollment during the same period has increased by more than 54%. We say enough is enough, and we are committed to holding our elected officials accountable.
ASU’s 4 year graduation rate is up from 28% in 2002 to 53% in 2017.
97% of ASU grads are employed or in graduate school within 90 days.
Arizona ranks 4th among all states with the lowest debt upon graduation.
An ASU degree is nearly 20% below the national median cost for all universities.
ASU contributed over $3.6 billion in statewide economic impact in 2016.
A Message from Chairman John Graham
As you know, I have long been a strong advocate for Arizona State University and deeply committed to ensuring its continued success. However, after watching our state legislature continue to cut ASU’s funding year after year, I have decided to become even more engaged than ever before. So this summer I created a new 501c4 non-profit advocacy organization, Devil’s Advocate, to do just that.
Our goal is to restore the almost $1.5 billion dollars that the legislature has cut from ASU since 2008, and to engage our lawmakers in a broader discussion about providing for P-20 education funding in our state. Our strategies will include engaging community leaders, alumni, parents and students to actively participate in the legislative process – by directly communicating with their lawmakers.
It’s time for me, and anyone who supports ASU, to take action and make our voices heard at the State Capitol.