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I was at a financial conference, also attended by a former Democratic politician — a person some used to think was potentially veep material, at least. At one point, this person wondered aloud, “Why don’t we just make college free?” In other words, why not spend more money on higher education to increase affordability? Or, really, eliminate affordability as an issue at all?
At the Roosevelt Institute’s “Next New Deal” blog, Mike Konczal summarizes an important New York Fed study on the effect federal student loans have on tuition prices. The points Konczal makes about loans versus grants are important. But if he thinks “virtually no coverage is catching this difference,” he needs to read more from conservative policy wonks.
Are college campuses responsible for teaching students not to rape? Since their founding, institutions of higher learning have served as places of intellectual and social growth. Modern-day colleges and universities, however, operate in the wake of a looming issue: sexual assault. […]
Recent research on the labor market returns to short-term educational credentials—particularly certificates and associate degrees in technical fields—suggests that such training can be as lucrative, or more so, than a four-year degree. For many working adults without a college degree, completing such a credential could be very beneficial. Yet many Americans appear to be unaware of these options or, worse, view them as a distant second-best in a culture obsessed with the traditional college education.
The new year promises many surprises politically. With a new Congress, a lame duck president, and the 2016 presidential campaign season in full swing, the political landscape will be lively. Here are some things the scholars in AEI’s Political Corner and Education policy will be watching most closely in 2015.
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