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Free College: A Liberal Idea Worth Trying

Mike4367 Wrote: May 08, 2012 2:29 PM
Free college education shouldn't be the goal, for the reasons articulated below. What students and parents need a way to know that they are getting value for their tuition and fees. I would like to see the college ratings systems in use by U.S. News and World Report and NewsWeek replaced by systems that score each department within each college or university. The departmental score would be based upon factors such as the number of students who complete batchelor's degrees within five years of initial enrollment, and the number of students who obtain employment in their field of study within six months of graduation or go on to earn advanced degrees in the same field.

Young Americans face tough times: Record-breaking youth unemployment—including for those with college degrees—and high levels of debt from student loans have left millions unable to live independently. They are living in Mom and Dad’s basement, putting off marriage and family, and are down-scaling their aspirations when they should be dreaming big.

Katrina Vanden Heuvel, writer for the liberal The Nation, wants to provide relief for this struggling cohort. In a recent piece for The Washington Post, she proposes that we need to dramatically change the way we approach higher education financing.

She’s right about that. Unfortunately, she calls...