By Eileen Klein, President, Arizona Board of Regents
Rita Cheng, President, Northern Arizona University
Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
Ann Weaver Hart, President, University of Arizona

NAU graduatesWhat do you want in life for your child? A good job, no doubt. A meaningful career. Self-reliance. Opportunity. A university education is one of the surest paths toward the American Dream.

Consider this: By 2018, an estimated two-thirds of Arizona jobs will require at least some post-secondary education. Over the course of a lifetime, someone with a bachelor’s will earn roughly $1 million more than with a high-school diploma alone. Adults with a college education also reap a wide range of personal, financial, and other lifelong benefits, such as better access to health care and higher employment rates.

That’s why it is so critical we keep that dream within reach of Arizona high-school graduates.

Editor’s note: The full statement by the Arizona Board of Regents Enterprise Executive Committee can be found on the Expect More Arizona website.