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ERIC Number: EJ851055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Historic Opportunity for Action
Duncan, Arne
New England Journal of Higher Education, v24 n1 p27 Sum 2009
When President Barack Obama took office, he pledged to revitalize an economy in the midst of the deepest recession in a generation. Working with Congress, he acted quickly to enact an $878 billion package to stimulate the economy in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). More than $100 billion of that will be for education, spanning from early childhood programs to college aid. The ARRA's primary goal is to help the economy emerge from the current recession. But the president is pursuing other policies, both in the short and long term, to ensure economic growth. At the heart of these policies is the goal of making college affordable and accessible to millions of students who otherwise might not be able to go. In this article, the author outlines President Obama's goal to make the America No. 1 in the world in the percentage of adults with college degrees. Increased demand, unprecedented funding and heightened expectations have placed the nation's system of higher education at the forefront of change for a better America. This is a historic opportunity to answer the president's call to action.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program