Obama: Expand college opportunity

“We want to restore the essential promise of opportunity and upward mobility that’s at the heart of America,” President Obama said at a White House summit on higher education. “If we as a nation can … reach out to [low-income] young people and help them not just go to college, but graduate from college or university, it could have a transformative effect.”

The administration asked colleges and universities to encourage low-income students to apply to challenging schools, start college preparation earlier, expand college advising and improve college remediation.

 

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  1. The statistics on underemplolyment among college graduates are telling us clearly that we have too many college graduates not too few. Currently about 15% of taxi dreivers have a college degree. A few decades ago that figure was less than one percent.

  2. We need to reform and expand our vocational education system, not encourage more people to go into debt to get increasingly worthless degrees.

  3. I agree with both comments, but we also need to restore standards to the level where a HS diploma and a college diploma are meaningful. Lose the fixation with the graduation rate, which only encourages the k-12 and college systems to give every kid with a pulse a diploma. Drop the mandatory schooling age to 14 or completion of 8th grade, bring back standards for HS entry (different for college prep and varying for voc ed) and college freshman weeder courses.

    • momof4,

      I agree, but this will take a generation or more to actually accomplish. Many parents today view the public school system as ‘free day care’ and they only whine when johnny or jane aren’t gonna graduate cause they flunked all their courses.

      Our school district (per the state) finally abolished the abhorrent practice of allowing persons who earned ‘certificates of attendance’ rather than actual diplomas from walking the stage at graduation. The state said that walking at graduation was restricted to those students who ACTUALLY graduate (how about that).

      In my day, if you didn’t have enough credits to graduate in your senior year, you didn’t walk the stage, you parked your can in summer school making up the stuff you flunked in the previous four years so that you could graduate.

      sigh

  4. Rebbecca Silva says:

    I feel as though not every student is right for college. We spend so much time on remedial math and English that by the time students get to the classes in the career of choice, they are burnt out and do not want to continue. By that time they have spent a lot of money and wasted so much time.