American higher education must figure out a way to encourage families to assume a responsible share of the burden of educating their children without forcing them through silos of debt accumulating on top of one another.
Nobody is about to defend the cost of a degree. But changing the description of the faceless bureaucrats who allegedly have overrun campuses by explaining that they are student-services professionals makes all the difference.
A secret memo left on the counter of the Starbucks on Capitol Hill maps out the federal government's real plan to "shake up" higher education. Reading between the stains of a venti/halfskim/halfsoy/halfcaf/doubleshot latte, here are the salient points
Why is it that even as new populations of low-income African-American and Hispanic students enter higher education in even greater numbers, the new mantra of the elite commentariat is that maybe we need more job training, less Shakespeare and more socket wrenches?
By designating price as a key criterion at the earliest stages of the college search process, families can avoid taking on excessive debt to pay for college. It's simple. It's sensible. And it's not at all the way it's done now.
Until public officials, administrators, faculty members, students and the general public are sufficiently aroused to demand major changes it is unlikely that we will see a major transformation in the way our colleges are run.
It's kudos to Congress for extending reduced interest rates on student loans. But the real story on college affordability has yet to break -- and when it does, it won't be from Capitol Hill. Watch metro areas across the map if you want to see it.
Being an educated person has value unto itself and can provide fulfillments both tangible and intangible. Your formal education is just one part of your lifelong educational path. Don't be group sold into your major life decisions.