Here’s the Situation
The University of Nebraska’s state funding has been reduced three times in the past two years, impacting athletic programs, academic programs, and people. Further cuts could cause tuition to rise for 53,000 students—and curb the University’s momentum in serving the state.
In 2019, the Governor and Legislature will create a new budget for the next two years, including funding for the University of Nebraska. It’s vital that they invest in one of the state’s primary economic drivers: the University. We need your help in telling the story of the value and impact of our work.
What Advocates Do
When you become an NU Advocate, you amplify the conversation about investing in the University of Nebraska. Here’s what you can expect when you join the effort, and how you can make the most of your actions.
Get Loud on Social Media
Find the handles of your state senators and tag them on posts that talk about how the University of Nebraska has impacted you. Share positive NU news in your feed to help spread the word. Be sure to use our hashtag: #NUforNE.
Attend Advocacy Events
Look for emails about events like our “I Love NU” Advocacy Day at the State Capitol. Or, attend bill hearings at the Rotunda to get more informed. When NU Advocates show up at the State Capitol, it sends a powerful message to legislators.
Call or Send an Email
Emails and phone calls are effective ways to reach state senators. If you're not able to speak directly with a senator, talk to a staff member or leave a message. Include your name and number and share why the University is important to you.
News and Events
Legislation to Watch
The 106th Nebraska Legislature will be in session beginning January 9, 2019. In the meantime, brush up on your knowledge of interim studies that impact the University.
What is an interim study?
When a Legislative session ends, legislative staff and committees begin work on interim study resolutions. These study proposals, designated with the “LR” prefix, can be submitted by individual senators or by legislative standing committees.
Interim studies can be used to research future legislation, examine a concept that failed to advance in a prior session or help to refine and improve legislation for future years.
Examines the prevalence of cancer in Nebraska and the existing state funding sources for cancer research. Full Details >>
Looks at legislative opportunities to encourage economic growth and strengthen NE’s workforce. Full Details >>
Examines the Nebraska Health Care Cash Fund, which provides ongoing state dollars for healthcare programs in Nebraska. Full Details >>
Evaluates how state funds support first-generation college students. Full Details >>
What Does Being an Advocate Mean to You?
“I’ve been able to get a great education, for an affordable cost, that’s preparing me for my future. I want other young people to have the same opportunity. For my fellow students and I, the state’s partnership with its University sends a strong message that policymakers want to invest in the next generation.”
Student Regent, University of Nebraska at Kearney
“Workforce development is one of our top concerns. If we can’t recruit and retain the best talent in Nebraska, other states are going to gain a competitive advantage. Our economic future depends on a talented workforce–the kind of graduates the University of Nebraska provides. I want to see that pipeline grow.”
Senior Director of Talent, Omaha Chamber of Commerce
"As a proud Native American and lifelong Nebraskan, I believe that education is a singular force in leveling the playing field. I support NU's commitment to providing access to all Nebraskans and promoting diversity. That's the kind of University I want to see serving Nebraska for generations to come."
Executive Director, Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs
“For almost 150 years, the University of Nebraska has been a key partner in advancing agricultural research and production in our state—and beyond. As a sixth-generation farm operator and UNL graduate, I believe the future of agriculture depends in part on the skilled graduates and research produced by Nebraska’s only public university.”
Past President, Ag Builders of Nebraska
“The economic success of our state is linked to the growth of rural Nebraska, which faces real challenges: brain drain, gaps in access to technology and other resources, workforce shortages. The University of Nebraska is a critical partner in addressing those challenges. I’m proud to join business and community leaders across the state in supporting a strong University for Nebraska’s future.”
City Administrator, South Sioux City
“The University of Nebraska is a source for innovation and growth within our state. And that growth includes important roles for students. Each campus works closely with students to improve academic success and foster community engagement. I appreciate the opportunity to make a difference, and will continue to support the University—just as it supports me.”
Renata Valquier Chavez
Student Regent, University of Nebraska at Omaha
If you have any questions about—or suggestions for—the NU Advocates program, please send us a brief message.