Congress should amend the President's free tuition idea to create the civilian equivalent of a GI Bill for young adults who engage in 1-3 years of national service. That single change would turn the President's proposal from a college giveaway to an opportunity that serves both the individual and the country.
Not all community colleges are the same. Through our research, evaluation and work with educational institutions, we have learned that colleges--the budget choices they make, the academic programs they design, the student supports they offer, and the cultures they nurture--can have a dramatic impact on whether students finish.
America's resurgence is real. With a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production, we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth. Now we have to choose what we want that future to look like. Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well?