The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

May 17, 2014

Making college affordable

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Republican governors of Texas, Wisconsin and Florida have called for $10,000 degrees at their public universities. Not $10,000 per year, but $10,000 total, which would return college, inflation-adjusted, to what it cost in the 1970s.

Kamenetz urges that a combination of online courses, fewer nonacademic perks, cutting administrative bloat and focusing on graduation, not just enrollment rates, would make college what it should be — a boon for the poor and middle class. The current system, which burdens taxpayers, graduates and — most painfully — dropouts, with massive debt is uneconomic, unjust and unsustainable.

Mona Charen is a nationally syndicated columnist.

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