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Obama's Education Ideas

Worcester, Mass., Telegram - Presidential Opinion

March 4, 2015

Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo writes: According to a February 2, 2015 Wall Street Journal article the administration's fiscal 2016 budget includes $32.2 billion for Pell grants, which is a minuscule increase over last year and raises the maximum award amount by only $140 per student. According to The New York Times, the same budget also calls for $60 billion over 10 years to provide a tuition-free community college education to eligible students. That $60 billion, or even a quarter of that amount, would benefit more students and address the college affordability challenge faced by so many American families if it were instead earmarked for additional Pell Grant funding.Read More


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The Right Fit

Inside Higher Ed - Presidential Opinion

March 4, 2015

Nancy Gray, President, Hollins University writes: The viability of women’s colleges is one of those evergreen topics in higher education that has again come to the forefront with the announcement that Sweet Briar College will be closing at the end of this academic year. I am saddened to learn of this decision. But I am convinced, after 15 years of experience leading women’s colleges, that the closing of one college does not portend the fall of others.Read More


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Under Increasing Financial Pressure, Colleges Consider Mergers—Cautiously

Chronicle of Higher Education

March 4, 2015

Laura Schweitzer, president of Union Graduate College, and Anthony G. Collins, president of Clarkson University, take pains to emphasize that their two institutions are strong. Both are running in the black, the presidents say, and both could continue to do what they do for some years into the future. But both leaders concede that their colleges would be better prepared for that future together.Read More


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Restore the Pell Grant’s clout

The Hill - Commentary

January 14, 2015

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) writes: As a nation that values education, we should give every willing student the opportunity to succeed. Since 1972, the need-based federal Pell Grant has done just that. At the beginning of the program, the grant covered the entire cost of college. Unfortunately, as tuition costs soar and state and community college budgets are slashed, the federal government is shirking its responsibility to help students succeed. The Pell Grant now covers just a third of the cost of a public four-year school. That means today’s student is left fighting to make ends meet now while being saddled with debt for the future.

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More States Tie Money to Colleges’ Performance, but That May Not Work

Chronicle of Higher Education

January 14, 2015

A report being released on Wednesday throws more cold water on a trend that’s been sweeping the nation for the past several years, most recently with the White House proposal that seeks to make two years of community college free for everyone. It’s called performance-based funding, and it boils down to rewarding or penalizing colleges based in part on the numbers of students they graduate or retain from year to year.

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6 Years in and 6 to Go, Only Modest Progress on Obama’s College-Completion Goal

Chronicle of Higher Education

January 20, 2015

Six years ago, in his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama set a bold, if daunting, goal: to lead the world in college completion by 2020. Today, as Mr. Obama prepares to deliver his next-to-last State of the Union address to Congress, the nation has moved up only slightly, into a tie for 11th place, and the president’s ambitious goal looks unachievable.

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Free Community College Stories Roundup - January 16, 2015

Multiple Sources

January 16, 2015

Here is a collection of articles, alphabetized by source, on President Obama's proposal to provide free community college.

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