Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tell Congress to Fund the American Graduation Initiative


According to a number of sources, Congress will include SAFRA with health-care legislation in a reconciliation bill. Inside Higher Ed this morning stated that "the odds of that happening are better than not," although "it is far from certain."

ACCT urges you to contact your Members of Congress NOW and encourage them to fund the American Graduation Initiative.

Congressional leaders and the Administration continue to deliberate on a final bill, but there are major concerns that the funding the American Graduation Initiative (AGI) will be stripped in a final bill. AGI is the three-tiered program focused on providing around $10 billion for community college modernization and community college programs. AGI is vital to ensuring that community colleges are able to deal with increasing enrollments and meet the goals of increasing higher education attainment.

You still have time to tell your federal legislators how important the American Graduation Initiative is to your community, your students, and your college. But you must act NOW and CALL TODAY.

Contact information for U.S. Senators can be found at: http://www.acct.org/senators_phone_list.pdf

Contact information for members of the U.S. House of Representatives can be found at: http://www.acct.org/House%20Phone%20List%201-5.pdf

Members of Congress can also be reached through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

You can also write to your Senators and Representatives via the ACCT Policy Center at http://www.congressweb.com/cweb4/index.cfm?orgcode=acct.

For more information, contact Jee Hang Lee at jhlee@acct.org or (202) 775-4450.

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