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?

By George Leef One of the key insights of what’s called Public Choice theory in economics is that politicians gain when they spend tax dollars in ways that generate concentrated benefits for a small group of people at the expense of the whole number of taxpayers. If the small interest group knows about the politician’s […]

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 […]

Arizona Attorney General Challenges University Mission Creep

Universities across the country abuse their nonprofit status to compete with local business. The most obvious offenders are the many hotels and conference centers funded, built, and operated by universities. Other universities go further, creating extensive business and research parks that lease office space to for-profit companies—for the ostensible purpose of “creating synergies” and improving […]

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 […]

Reflections on the College Admissions Scam

By William Murchison Lessons abound amid the stink and squalor of the college admissions scandal: the bribes-to-admit racket uncovered by the Justice Department.  Hordes of the rich and famous in finance, Silicon Valley, and the entertainment industry saw nothing wrong and everything right about greasing palms to get their kids into prestigious colleges — never […]

College President’s Open Letter to High School Class of 2019

By Walter Wendler This has been published a number of times at spring break over the past decade. It is updated here and refreshed in its importance for the honesty and transparency required to make a good university great for a region. The third Maxim of WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World, “Build Undergraduate […]

Remembering Obama’s Unattained Goal of Increasing The Number of College Grads

By George Leef Much about the Obama years is fading from memory, including one of the former president’s first goals — to significantly increase the percentage of Americans who earned college degrees. Ten years ago, Obama declared that, in order to maintain America’s world economic leadership, it was imperative that we put many more people […]

Rethinking Pell Grants to Better Help Low-Income Students

By William Murchison The new fixation of American universities is the question: how many yearbooks exhibit white students in black face (plus, what are we going to do about something that happened a hundred years ago?)  However, in terms of racial matters, the conundrum universities really should focus on is, how do we increase graduation […]

New Cake, Old Recipe

By Walter Wendler When Clark Kerr unveiled A Master Plan for Higher Education in California in 1960, it was heralded as a stroke of genius. And it was. Kerr went to the capitol in Sacramento requesting unparalleled financial support to build scientific prowess. He won the arguments, in part, because California Community Colleges were open […]