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November 8, 2016
Will Tyler White
for MSU Board of Trustees
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As a lifelong learning student at Michigan State University I am dismayed at the ever increasing cost of education and the poor response to student and staff complaints.

All students deserve teachers that are understandable in the English language. Teaching Assistants deserve better pay and job security, but at the same time they must be able to teach effectively.

In addition, I believe that universities should do a better job preparing students for a career that is viable and in demand. The prospects of employment for each degree awarded should be clear to students so their time and money is not wasted on an education that does not enhance their employment opportunities.

The purpose of education is not just to learn, but to demonstrate how that education can improve the communities of the students it educates. This is especially clear for land grant universities like MSU - the first in the nation - whose original mission was to focus on the teaching of practical agriculture and science.

Ultimately, the goal of diverse higher education can be described as a means to promote sustainable and effective Economic Development.

Economic Development has been defined as the sustained, concerted actions of policy makers and communities to promote and improve the standard of living and economic health of the community. It involves multiple areas including development of critical infrastructure, regional competitiveness, environmental sustainability, diversity, health, safety, and especially workforce education.

In other words, good Economic Development allows everyone to create their own American Dream, with good employment options that pay wages sufficient to raise a family in an affordable home, superlative educational choices and cultural amenities that provide a good quality of life in a vibrant, attractive community.

As a member of an Economic Development organization for 12 years and Downtown Development Authorities for 10 years, my experience in this area is not found in any other candidate for this office. Good economic development policies will increase the diversity and quality of the business community, which will in turn raise property values along with the tax base. This leads to a better quality of life for everyone.

We cannot get there without strategic planning though, a comprehensive vision embraced by the public, and teamwork using best practices between elected officials, university staff, the public and the business community. Working together toward mutual goals we can build a better, more bountiful state.
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