...There's a serious debate over whether Pell Grant programs, which fund part of the tuition for the pursuit of a four-year liberal arts degree, should be extended to cover job-oriented skills. ..
Serious debate? Seriously?
Liberal Arts degree do NOT cover job oriented skills. People (today) with Liberal Arts degrees pride themselves as being CRITICAL THINKERS with absolutely no knowledge or math, science, or business.
For some reason, employers do not look at that as a positive.