UWA students, faculty, administrators and alumni will embark on a trip to Montgomery, Alabama to participate in Higher Education Day on Thursday, February 25, 2016.

“UWA and our representatives are attending High Education Day so the legislators will see that we care about our education and the economic growth of the state,” said Jasmine Knox, UWA’s SGA President.

Higher Education Day’s important message for this year is “Universities Add Value.”

UWA’s representatives will be attempting to add to that value by participating in the event while encouraging Alabama policymakers to appreciate the value of the university contributions to the state.

“In my personal opinion, Higher Ed Day is one of the most important events in the entire state,” said Hunter Winborne, SGA Attorney General. “Each year, SGA’s from all across the state come together for a singular cause in hopes to budget more money for the universities in the state of Alabama.”

Higher Ed Day’s goal is to leave people with a full appreciation of the importance of the education that a student gains after high school.

According to a press release, the goal of getting more funding for more Alabamians to attend college could be achieved by participation in Higher Ed Day. Alabama’s appropriations to public colleges take up 27 percent of the Education Trust Fund. In the 1990’s that number used to be 33 percent.

With this decrease, universities have stressed to their students outside of SGA the importance of attendance at Higher Ed Day is ideal.

“It’s important for other organizations to attend Higher Ed Day because organizations make up colleges,” Winborne said. “At the end of the day, this event is a chance for college students who are a part of organizations, Greek life or athletics unite for this important matter.”

Higher Education Day begins at 10:30 a.m. with a parade where the participants will march from Cramton Bowl to the StateHouse. At 11 a.m., a rally on the front steps of the Alabama Statehouse is slated to begin. Following the rally, at noon, there will be a lunch on the capitol grounds.

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