Recently, two Democrats have launched a bill that would increase the existing level of loan forgiveness. It’s called the Affordable Loans for Any Student Act, sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. As Jason Delisle and Cody Christensen of American Enterprise Institute explain here, “If enacted, the bill would make student loan forgiveness routine, even for borrowers with the means to repay.”

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Helping Struggling Graduates, Or Buying Votes With Taxpayer Money?

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A More Important March Madness: Advancing Low-Income Kids

By Ron Trowbridge There’s a new March Madness in town:  not the one advancing basketball teams, but the one advancing low-income kids from poor homes up the ladder of financial success to the upper rungs. Research scholar Jorge Klor de Alva, president of Nexus Research and Policy Center, has designed “an Income Mobility Tournament bracket […]

Trump’s Executive Order is a big step forward on college data

By Andrew Gillen Last week was an eventful one for higher education. On March 18, President Trump released his proposal for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Three days later, the president issued an executive order focused primarily on campus free speech. The order also contains some exciting news about expanded reporting on how much […]

College costs, student debt, job prospects: All 3 will be improved with Trump’s executive order

(From Washington Examiner) By Thomas K. Lindsay In his book The Way to Wealth (perhaps America’s very first book of financial advice), Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Franklin might amend that today, in light of the skyrocketing cost of a university education, the crushing burden of student debt, and the mismatch […]

Facing a broken business model, where can higher education go from here?

By Victor Brown Although I majored in chemistry as an undergraduate, I was a decidedly laboratory-challenged student. For everybody’s future safety, I spent my career in the chemical industry in commercial and management functions, leaving the R&D to those who were much better suited to it. However, I do recall a few fundamental chemical principles. […]

The Integration of Military Service and College Study

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College Readiness

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Regional Universities and Economic Development

By Walter Wendler All universities have economic impact on the regions and communities in which they are located. Changing views of higher education have affected the role of the university as an economic development engine. A university education is a combined public and private good, benefiting everyone in the public square while simultaneously directly benefitting […]

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Faculty Accountability Is Terrible—Even Students Have Better Standards

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