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ERIC Number: EJ1070685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0950-4222
Envisioning Workforce Training Differently: The Obama "Free" Community College Initiative
Holland, Brian
Industry and Higher Education, v29 n4 p249-252 Aug 2015
Education, particularly at the post-secondary level, does not come cheaply in the USA, with the increase in annual tuition costs far outpacing the inflation rate during the same time period. A core tenet of US President Obama's domestic policy agenda is the belief that increased educational attainment can potentially lead to better economic prospects. As a result of the financial hardship that higher education brings to low-income and middle-income individuals and families, access to these educational opportunities and their benefits are not then fully realized. In response, President Obama has called for a "universal community college," where tuition costs are reduced to zero. The intent and effect of the "universal community college" initiative are identified and this commentary also suggests that additional scrutiny is needed with four questions to ensure that the programme design will later translate into meaningful outcomes, if this policy were to pass in Congress.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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