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A Blueprint for Free Community College

Tom Snyder | Posted 03.08.2016 | College
Tom Snyder

Tennessee has shown that free community college is possible. It is now up to community college presidents to find ways to work with their own state governments to make community college free in their own communities to local high school students. I believe that this will be a true game-changer in higher education.

Obama: 'We Have To Make College Affordable For Every American'

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama highlighted progress in education during his administration -- and where the country should go next -- during his...

Alabama Offers High School Students - And Their Parents - Free Community College

The Hechinger Report | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.02.2017 | College

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Astates...

Tennessee Promise

Tom Snyder | Posted 10.22.2016 | College
Tom Snyder

Statewide, community college enrollment is up 14 percent. Students had to fill out the financial application for student aid, meet with a volunteer mentor and sign up for eight hours of community service in order to qualify. More than 22,000 students met the August deadline for eligibility.

Investing in the American Workforce

Tom Snyder | Posted 09.28.2016 | College
Tom Snyder

A recent poll conducted by the Gallup-Lumina Foundation found that while Americans may be politically polarized, they all agree that the United States needs to invest in the talent of its workforce. Talent is defined as "the knowledge or skills people develop or obtain through education, work or other life experiences."

Here's Why Obama's Investing Big In A Community College Idea That's Already Working

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Earlier this year, when President Barack Obama unveiled his plan to make community college free for more students, he also proposed inc...

Indiana Supports College Promise

Tom Snyder | Posted 09.11.2016 | College
Tom Snyder

In June I led a delegation of Indiana educators, business leaders, and philanthropists to Washington, D.C. to learn about College Promise, the Obama administration's non-partisan grassroots effort to build widespread support for a free community college education for responsible students throughout the nation.

Obama Fights To Expand Free Community College Programs

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a series of new steps by his administration to help make community college affordable for ...

Support Community College Students

Tom Snyder | Posted 08.26.2016 | College
Tom Snyder

I believe as a nation everyone should have access to higher education. To lift people out of poverty, to transform lives, and to show future generations that the American dream is still possible.

Some Places Are Already Providing Free Community College. You Just Haven't Heard About It.

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.04.2015 | College

President Barack Obama's push for free community college has captured national attention, but some U.S. states and cities have been offering it for a ...

Oregon Is About To Become Second State To Offer Free Community College

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed into law Friday a bill that would allow students to go to community college for free immediately after they graduate...

Amanda Terkel

Lawmakers Ready Bill To Make Obama's Free Community College Plan A Reality | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) will introduce legislation Wednesday to make community college free for low-inc...

Military Veteran's View of Bernie Sanders' Free College Proposal

Kevin Martin | Posted 06.11.2016 | College
Kevin Martin

I would argue that the military is one of the most respected organizations in our country because it invests in its young people early and often. Why can't we invest in all our young adults in the same manner?

Debt-free Degrees, Workforce Development, and 100 Business Leaders at the White House

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Julian L. Alssid

Eighteen months away from the 2016 election, our national workforce and higher education policy arena already includes the campaign trail nearly as much as it does our nation's capital.

Free Community College Education for All: A Good Idea?

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Since financial aid is based on income, it seems to me that providing a free community college education to everyone is more likely to support those who could afford the tuition at community colleges rather than those who cannot.

Some Thoughts on What College Presidents Think

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 05.16.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Consumers are voters. National political leaders looking at poll numbers understand their importance in elections. It's time to stem the endless media discussions on sticker price and post college employment by providing real metrics.

Community Colleges and the Skills Gap

Tom Snyder | Posted 04.26.2015 | College
Tom Snyder

President Obama's proposal for a free community college education would work wonders for many people. But it's important to remember that even today, community colleges are very affordable resource.

What the Data Tells us About 'Free Community College'

Stanley S. Litow | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Stanley S. Litow

We need partnerships among high schools, colleges and employers to help improve the rigor and relevance of what we teach. Funding to make college free is important, but we also need to ensure that funding focuses on improving college completion and links to well-paying jobs.

A Better Way to Spend $60 Billion? Expand Pell Grants

Carolyn Ash | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Carolyn Ash

Let's make an even greater investment in the Pell Grant program. And let's eradicate labor market inequalities that reward white high school dropouts with greater access to jobs than black graduates with a community college degree.

How Dearborn Schools Became a Model for America

Brian Stone | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Brian Stone

Here in Dearborn, Michigan, we're now offering high school students the chance to get a diploma and an associates degree in five years. If they complete the program, the student will have paid nothing.

Can President Obama Make Equal Access Headway?

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

The bottom line here: What needs to change so that we ensure all children have access to a quality K-12 education?

Illinois Educational Funding -- Expect Deep Cuts

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 03.31.2015 | College
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

Within 24 hours of Governor Bruce Rauner taking office, numerous media outlets reported on his immediate steps to rectify Illinois' dire financial situation.

College for All: Democratic Safeguard, Economic Necessity

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 03.29.2015 | 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?

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week we learned that the State of the Union is [spoiler alert] "strong." Asserting that "the shadow of crisis has passed," President Obama decried growing inequality and laid out a vision of growth for the middle class -- which he mentioned seven times. Proposals included higher minimum wage, child tax credits, and free community college. Unanswered was why he didn't do this back in the days of bipartisan belt-tightening, which extended the decline of the middle class. Meanwhile, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, mindfulness was on many minds -- sessions on the practice, which attendees once rolled their eyes at, were standing room only this year. Click here to read and watch all our Davos coverage.

9 Donald Trump GIFs for You, Mr. Speaker

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Speaker Boehner recently questioned President Barack Obama's plan to provide free community college for America's students. Instead of asking how our nation can afford this, we should be asking how our students can afford not to pursue higher education.