Covering an education story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI education team.
After years of tinkering and partisan bickering, there are now opportunities for meaningful higher education reform. Congress should not let those opportunities slip away over the next two years.
The existing higher education system is not narrowing gaps between high- and low-income families; rather, it is widening them.
Vocational offerings like career and technical education or apprenticeships are treated as an option of last resort for struggling students, not a critical on-ramp to a successful and productive life. Rethinking the balance our education system strikes between education and training would help grow our economy without sacrificing the things that have made American education great.
In the states, it’s not a foregone conclusion that Republicans will slash higher education funding, or that Democrats will shower campuses with additional taxpayer dollars. Partisanship shapes higher education policy, but spending seems to be driven by the economy more than anything else.
“The University Next Door” draws much-needed attention to comprehensive universities, which have historically received little notice yet play an important role in meeting our new attainment goals and helping the American economy grow.
As Republicans prepare to take control of Congress, they should make a priority of higher education, which has never been prominent on the conservative agenda but should become so now.
Better student outcomes data would not cure every market distortion created by government’s involvement in higher education. But it would help consumers’ market discipline. And a more competitive market would actually reduce government intervention in the sector.
At most, higher education has been on the agenda in about half of the races for governor and senator. Where it has come up, the discussion has been more of the same crowd-pleasing themes that are all too familiar—more funding, new scholarships, lower interest rates on new student loans, and loan relief for current borrowers.
One way to reform American higher education is to create a separate and streamlined path for new organizations that wish to access federal student aid before they achieve official accreditation.