Making college affordable and responsive to student needs has to be about more than adding middle managers with new titles. Activists would be wise to focus on changing the incentives that lead to scarcity of opportunity in the first place.
AEI Resident Scholar Andrew Kelley discusses college racism and free speech on New America’s ‘Higher Ed Happy Hour.’
AEI’s Andrew Kelly and Kevin James examine the issues with the current federal student loan repayment system, and the risks associated with it.
Higher education is a risky investment, and federal student loan programs should safeguard borrowers from risk while avoiding perverse incentives. Well-designed income-driven repayment plans can ensure borrowers have manageable payments and target aid to those who need it most.
If we define the problem as student loan debt, that leads to one set of policies that tend to overlook the sector’s fundamental quality problems. But if we define this as a crisis of value, then we must pursue a policy agenda that changes incentives.
It shouldn’t be all that surprising that people prefer things that are free to things that aren’t.
Arthur Brooks explains why academia’s lack of political diversity is hypocritical and a cause of sub-par research.
Free stuff sounds good to many people, and it’s not just Democrats who promise it.
To truly make headway on student debt, Republicans must do better than simply attaching a private facade to flawed existing programs or reform proposals.
Over just a few years, college affordability has gone from a minor political issue to a headlining one. Why? A wider swath of the income distribution is feeling the pinch, and they are feeling it for longer.