For immediate release December 05, 2014

The Arts & Sciences Are Key

The Phi Beta Kappa Society Equips Supporters with New Tools to Make the Case

WASHINGTON, DC – With President Obama’s college ratings plan in the wings and a new Congress set to convene, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is making its 238th anniversary count. Today, Phi Beta Kappa announces the release of a new toolkit (toolkit.pbk.org) designed to equip those who care about the arts and sciences in higher education to make the case for their value to state and federal policy makers.

Founded on December 5, 1776, Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most-widely known academic honor society, is taking its mission of celebrating and advocating for excellence in the arts and sciences to a new level. “We know that policy makers will face tough decisions about higher education in the months ahead,” said Secretary John Churchill, head of its national office. “The arts and sciences are a critical strength for the country. We at Phi Beta Kappa believe that now is the time to equip people who benefitted from a well-rounded education with the tools to broadcast their support.”

To broaden understanding of the purposes of college beyond first-year salary, the toolkit highlights six reasons the arts and sciences are key. It provides clear and easy actions that supporters can take now to ensure legislative, institutional, and financial commitment for the arts and sciences in higher education. Users will find infographics, stories, and ways to connect with legislators and arts and sciences organizations.

“Many people are talking about the challenges facing higher education today,” says Anne Tria Wise, Director of Phi Beta Kappa’s National Arts & Sciences Initiative. “Whether they have a minute or an hour to give, we are determined to help people take action with the tools in our kit.”

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About The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Founded on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States, almost 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 39 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 130 Nobel Laureates. The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence. For more information, visit www.pbk.org.

About The National Arts and Sciences Initiative

Higher education is at a crossroads, with many of our country's leaders questioning the need for a broad-based arts and sciences curriculum. ΦBK has launched a multi-year National Arts & Sciences Initiative to strengthen support for the value of the arts and sciences today. The initiative will demonstrate that a broad-based arts and sciences education expands opportunity, drives ingenuity and innovation, and makes a strong investment in America. Find facts and statistics about the arts and sciences at toolkit.pbk.org