The College Scorecard -- a recent White House effort to help Americans find the best value for their education dollars -- doesn't do enough to help the disturbing number of people for whom college continues to be unattainable.
The national goal must be to make the U.S. the number-one country in producing college graduates. And we must also ensure that low-income students of color are graduating at the same rates as wealthier students. Achieving that would be a proud legacy for Obama's second term.
The bottom line is that we all need to be held accountable, but those of us who work in public higher education can't do it alone. America's success is fundamentally connected to the state of our education system.
Every Republican candidate has expressed concern with which direction our country is heading. What I don't understand is how the candidates could forget about the group of people pertinent to America's future: college students.
When I proposed to bring our nation's workers up to competitive speed by offering a free college education to all qualified applicants, several people dared me to demonstrate how such a program could work. Here's my answer.