Statement from SHEEO President Robert Anderson, Ph.D., on the American Jobs Plan

“We applaud President Biden’s leadership on modernizing the nation’s infrastructure and his commitment to economic and workforce development, closing equity gaps, and addressing climate change. The American Jobs Plan includes key investments to update community college facilities, which serve as vital college access points for millions of Americans. We are also pleased to see the American Jobs Plan prioritizing access to high-speed broadband infrastructure and funding to strengthen our nation’s research capacity, including at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority serving institutions (MSIs).

Public higher education remains central to creating an inclusive, durable economic recovery and is vital to long-term American competitiveness. We look forward to working with the Biden administration and Congress to address long-neglected infrastructure needs found throughout public higher education, particularly at institutions serving large shares of low-income students and students of color. Working in partnership with states, these investments will help put people back to work and serve our students and communities for decades to come.”