Obama’s Lowdown on Higher Education and Student Loan Debt

Christian Science Monitor, December 6, 2011

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Obama has a tool to help fix all that. He plans to tie federal aid to how well schools perform.

His education secretary, Arne Duncan, proposes that Pell Grants and other government money for higher education be based on how well such institutions [of higher education] perform, such as in holding down tuition, accelerating the time to earn a degree, boosting completion rates, and closing gaps in student achievement.

Too many colleges prefer the status quo, says Mr. Duncan. {snip}

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“Dozens of colleges and universities have either cut or frozen tuition, or provide a four-year graduation guarantee, where the college agrees to cover the cost of the extra time it takes a full-time student to graduate,” Duncan said in a speech last month. He cited many examples of innovation, such as performance-based scholarships, that can help ensure students graduate with “demonstrated competence.”

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  • Anonymous

    “Closing gaps in student achievement” is VERY easy (at least for colleges). End affirmative action, and just admit the smart students. Problem solved.

  • Madison Grant

    We’ve been down this road before. When you tell schools their funding depends on how well they close the achievement gap it leads to massive test fraud.

  • Anonymous

    And how do they intend to measure performance? By lowering the standards on the tests for graduation, grade inflation, or added assistance to make amends for poor preparation and motivation?

    Do this this way, make parents co-sign the loans. Make the schools pay part of the defaults. This will result in real effort for real progress.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to know how Mr. Obama defines “achievement.” Achievement of what? A degree? A job? Does he want all college grads to take some kind of standardized test? Until he can define what he means by achievement, his demand sounds like useless smoke and mirrors.

  • Question Diversity

    Better idea: Jettisoning the idea that everyone must go to college or is qualified to go to college. This would create far less indebtedness among young adults, and reverse the “feature creep” of employment educational requirements.

  • Anonymous

    We could spend a trillion dollars a year for the next 50 years and the intelligence/IQ gap will still be there. Even rampant fraud won’t help. What we have in the West is a ‘civilization gap”.

  • Anonymous

    These anti-white racist activists are really getting extreme. They think that they have the upper hand. Not for long!

  • Anonymous

    Is it my imagination, or does the more the federal government becomes involved in schooling at any level, the result is less education?

  • jdavis

    Please read number 1 repeatedly…that is the only true answer.

    What obongo wants is that everys brain dead “yute” vote for him so he can give them free college, at borrower taxpayer expense.

  • Bob Turner

    There is already a dumbed-down “African Studies” curriculum. What’s the problem? It’s all based on maintaining federal grants. Schools are corrupted into accepting large numbers of foreign students as well…they need the money.

    They also have high percentages of blacks on their “black ball” teams. Notice how seldom if ever this is mentioned. Clemson, for example, has only 25% white boys featured on their schedule poster team. They also have a black quarterback. And this is SC, for goodness sake!

  • rjp

    These proposwed standards of course will not apply to HBCUs and the Chicago States of the world.

  • Old White Jim

    The new policies should not present much of a challenge to the universities that have well-funded scientific research facilities. All they need to do is develop an INSTANT EVOLUTION machine that will overcome the 100,000 year evolution gap that prevents Blacks from performing as well as Whites and Asians who have fully-formed human brains.

    Problem solved.

  • Anonymous

    “The new policies should not present much of a challenge to the universities that have well-funded scientific research facilities. All they need to do is develop an INSTANT EVOLUTION machine that will overcome the 100,000 year evolution gap that prevents Blacks from performing as well as Whites and Asians who have fully-formed human brains.”

    Don’t forget cumulative evolution is also a function of population size. There weren’t as many people around in the stone age. Modern, urban environments mean a “100,000” year gap could be closed in just 1000 years. If there were a will…

    It also means a race could very, very rapidly degrade if idiocy isn’t controlled. Whites have been dumbed down to a shocking degree over just 200 years.

  • WR the elder

    This will most likely work out about as well as No Child Left Behind.

    However, the program to close the gap could actually have a beneficial effect, although not in the way its advocates hope. Suppose you are on the admissions committee for Politically Correct U. For years you’ve been accepting large numbers of doubtfully qualified blacks and Mestizos because they enhanced the single most important attribute of your university — diversity. Now you see that they’re going to start costing a lot when the Pell grants and other federal money are denied. So the only way out is to admit far fewer members of the diversity and to make sure that the ones you do admit make the grade. The result — the gap closes, and you get the tax dollars the government stole from the rest of us.

  • Anonymous

    This college stuff is getting ridiculous. I didn’t start college until I was in my thirties. I was a Biology major, but never got to do what I wanted to do which was to work with wildlife. I realized many years later that I probably could have gotten what I wanted with an Associates Degree as a vet tech. Well, way too late now.

    Anyway, I digress. My point is that most jobs don’t require a college degree. When students could still get a good education in high school, they could do most any job unless it was something specialized like engineering, medicine, etc. If you had decent intelligence and a work ethic you could make something of your life. It’s all a racket. Now we have all these White kids saddled with debt working in jobs that in sane times they could have done with a high school diploma.