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The Greater good Campaign – the Seattle Times public service effort

In 2011, the Seattle Times Company announced the Greater good Campaign. The goal is to educate voters with facts and empower them to act by insisting that Olympia stop the dangerous disinvestment in higher-ed. The Seattle Times Company and other sponsors are demonstrating a public commitment to preserving higher-education funding as the key to creating prosperity in our state. Starting this month, the Seattle Times Company is placing new public service announcements in the Seattle Times. One of the two announcements, shown below, is welcomed by citizens who believe passionately that investment in higher education is our path to prosperity and is the best social service dollar we can spend.

The goal of the print and online Greater good Campaign is to build broad awareness that public higher education should not be seen as a personal privilege for individual students, but that the state’s higher-education system provides a much larger public good, cgreater good IIreating jobs, enhancing competitiveness, economic growth, and innovation – all which benefit the lives of all Washington citizens, whether or not they have or will attend one of the universities

“High quality public education – including at the university level – is essential in a free and economically viable society. It is essential if Washington state is to come out of the great recession as one of the winners. Our hope, in building strong public awareness of the broader public good of our higher-ed system, is that citizens will actively engage in advocating for stable higher-education funding as among the highest state budget priorities,” said Frank Blethen, Publisher of The Seattle Times. “State disinvestment in our universities is eroding job creation and damaging our economy.”

While the state budget has increased by two-and-a-half times over the past 20 years, its investment in higher education has decreased in real dollars over the same period. Recognizing the state has serious budget challenges, the point of this campaign is to illustrate that the best public investment the legislature can make in these uncertain economic times is in the state’s public universities. Stable funding is necessary for job creation and future vitality.

The campaign has launched new print ads, one of which is imbedded in this post. WSU Impact appreciates the sponsors of the Greater good Campaign, the influence of this public service and the results in raising public awareness, and the passion of the philanthropic and civically-oriented families and companies involved in this effort.

For more information, go to http://www.seattletimescompany.com/greatergood.

 

 

 

 

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