UE Students Attend ICI Lobby Day in Indianapolis
Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Students from Indiana’s private, non-profit colleges and universities -- including the University of Evansville -- will deliver three messages in person at the State House today: Sincere thanks for the legislators’ ongoing commitment to state need-based financial aid for students, the urgent need for their continued support of this program, and the critical importance of increasing the number of Hoosiers with bachelor’s degrees to Indiana’s economy.
Six UE students are attending today's event, along with Vice President for Enrollment Services Shane Davidson.
In this last of three student lobby days coordinated by Independent Colleges of Indiana, the following ICI campuses are participating: DePauw, Marian, Butler, Grace, Goshen, Bethel, University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross, Calumet College of St. Joseph, Valparaiso, Saint Joseph’s College, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, and University of Evansville.
Students will gather first at the Indiana History Center at 450 W. Ohio Street beginning at 10:30 a.m. Before walking to the State House at noon to meet with their hometown legislators, the students will be briefed by ICI President Richard Ludwick on current legislative issues involving state-funded need-based student aid, as well as someone from the legislature.
Indiana’s independent colleges and universities are a smart investment for students and the state, graduating twice as many of their students in four years as any other sector of higher education in Indiana, costing the state less per degree because the campuses themselves receive no state funding, and contributing $4B in total economic impact around the state.
“Our goal is not only to raise awareness to the legislature of the importance of state financial aid--to put students’ names and faces on the state funds they appropriate--but also to introduce our students to how the legislative process works, how it affects their lives and futures, and how they can play a role in shaping its direction,” says Ludwick.