After a decade of resistance from universities, Congress is poised to take on college prices amid a groundswell of anger about tuition outpacing inflation and family incomes, leaving borrowers with $1 trillion in debt.
A proposal by Grand Rapids Community College to develop a differential tuition rate for some dual enrolled students was embraced by at least three K-12 administrators last week who say the plan promotes college readiness.
Rick Scott, businessman turned politician, campaigned for governor in 2010 with promises to run Florida like a successful business — more efficiency, lower costs, less hand-wringing and measurable results. He meant higher education, too, but until recently that meant mostly shrinking budgets. Now, looking for more value on the remaining dollars, Governor Scott and Republican lawmakers are prodding Florida's 12 state universities to find ways to steer students toward majors that are in demand in the job market.