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EXCLUSIVE: Obama Gives His 'Blueprint for Middle-Class Economics'

Barack Obama | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics
Barack Obama

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?

College for All: Democratic Safeguard, Economic Necessity

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 01.27.2015 | Education
Elisabeth Mason

There was a time when you couldn't go to high school for free in the U.S. If you wanted education beyond the eighth grade, you'd have to find a school and pay for it. After all, what was the point of free, universal high school if most kids ended up on the farm or in the factory?

'Free' Does Not Mean 'Valuable': Why Free Community College Needs Strings Attached

Carol J. Carter | Posted 01.27.2015 | College
Carol J. Carter

We applaud President Barack Obama's many steps toward educational and career access for all Americans. We believe that for the free community college initiative to deliver needed results, we need clarity on the problems facing community colleges, strong accountability measures, and solutions to drive student success, not simply access.

Obama's Proposal for Free Community College: Reconnecting Education with Aspiration

John Hope Bryant | Posted 01.25.2015 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

If his K-20 proposal actually becomes law, thousands of young people whose hopes for college seemed as remote as landing a corner office job will have an entry into a world of possibility. They will have access to both a college and career pathway for the array of jobs requiring Associates degrees or certification.

Reflections of a Temple Grad

Peak Johnson | Posted 01.23.2015 | College
Peak Johnson

So many thoughts started to form in my mind as my row started to join the long line of graduates. It amazed me at the time, and it still does on occasion, that a kid from North Philadelphia who originally had no plans on attending an institution of higher learning was now graduating from college again.

Are Community Colleges The Answer?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.23.2015 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

President Obama's State of the Union address this week laid out proposals to revamp the tax code by raising taxes and fees on the wealthiest Americans...

Collaboration Is Key in Creating Value of 'Free' Community College

Nicholas Wyman | Posted 01.23.2015 | Education
Nicholas Wyman

Naturally, the President's recent pitch for a major expansion in community college funding has been greeted with equal parts praise and criticism.

'State of the Union' Relies on Stronger Elementary, Secondary STEM Offerings

Vince Bertram | Posted 01.22.2015 | Education
Vince Bertram

As the president stated, to ensure a more prosperous future, we must continue to focus on education. At the K-12 level, we must equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully navigate post-secondary education and their careers.

President's 5 Economic Proposals That Could Benefit LGBTQ People

Meghan Maury | Posted 01.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Meghan Maury

This week, President Obama introduce a series of economic proposals during his annual State of the Union speech. Here's how five of them would impact the LGBTQ community.

Why Obama's 'America's College Promise' Is a Bad Idea

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

The President is expected to announce in his State of The Union Address tonight a plan to make community college free. It's called "America's College Promise," and while that might be welcome news for community college students around the country, it's another example of wasteful government spending.

The President's Plan for Tuition-Free Education at Community Colleges

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

The President has introduced only the grand idea of providing tuition-free education for all students attending community colleges, an idea which, at first glance, seems to have great merit. But at this point we know very few details.

Soaring Inequality Reverses Educational Progress

Jon Wisman | Posted 01.15.2015 | Education
Jon Wisman

Obama's proposal comes at a time when the cost of college tuition -- both public and private -- has soared, making attendance difficult if not impossible for many households, the majority of which have suffered stagnant incomes since the 1970s.

The Coming College Decline

National Journal | Posted 01.15.2015 | College

The best way to understand the stakes in President Obama's proposal to massively expand access to community college is to consider a stark forecast fr...

College Campuses: Incubators for Change

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

As we think about recent events at the end of 2014 and welcome in the New Year of 2015, I reflect on what we might be able to do on college campuses to alter (and hopefully improve) the trajectory of our society.

'Free' Community College: Gift Horse or Trojan Horse?

Patricia McGuire | Posted 01.11.2015 | College
Patricia McGuire

President Obama's "America's College Promise" proposal for "free" community college is a great idea! A similar program in Tennessee, the site of President Obama's announcement, is apparently hugely successful. What could possibly go wrong with such a simple concept? Plenty.

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama's Free Community College Plan Promises To Shake Up Higher Ed

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics

Some 9 million Americans could attend community college tuition-free under a proposal President Barack Obama announced Friday. His plan, which is s...

Free Community College Is a Game Changer

Tom Snyder | Posted 01.09.2015 | College
Tom Snyder

Naysayers will claim there is no money on the federal or state level to support the president's plan. But we must go beyond viewing free community college as a handout and rather see it as an investment in our country's future.

Obama To Propose Free Community College Program

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday announced a proposal that President Barack Obama said would make community college "free for everybody...

'Nontraditional' But Increasingly Common Barriers to Higher Education

Abby Miller | Posted 01.08.2015 | College
Abby Miller

This growing majority of students has essentially been penalized because their families or their schools were unable to provide the same encouragement and direction that more privileged students have access to.

Clarity About Disparity in Education

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 12.23.2014 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

Spread the word -- education is worth it, it is necessary. We need every child -- indeed everyone -- to have access to learning in a safe, welcoming and stimulating environment.

Moving Community College Graduates Toward a Four-Year Degree

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

There is growing consensus that more attention must be paid to increasing the number of two-year graduates who go on to complete a four-year degree. While over 80 percent of first year community college students state completion of a four-year degree as their intention, less than 12 percent of them accomplish their goal.

The College Completion Imperative: Public Higher Ed Steps Up

Muriel Howard | Posted 12.11.2014 | Education
Muriel Howard

Accountability is a hallmark of public higher education. In our commitment to student success, we will need more accurate and comprehensive measures of student progress--both as a yardstick for institutional improvement and to assure external accountability.

Attracting Students to STEM

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 12.05.2014 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Our country is not producing enough graduates from STEM programs to fuel the innovation economy. India is far outpacing the United States in engineering graduates.

The Greatest Power and Privilege of All

Isa Adney | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Isa Adney

Love may not raise test scores. But I think it creates the kind of safety net that helps people develop the kind of resilience and skills and motivation they need to fight through whatever lack of privilege they may have been born into.

Love and Equity: The Genius of Silvester Henderson, Gospel Impresario and Social Activist in Public Education

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
Joanna Perry-Folino

Where is hope when images of men and women are shown again and again as they're beaten, tasered or killed by police and become so commonplace that our hearts and minds become numb to it?