Completion of college or university education is the beginning point of building a career path for every learner. Besides, there is no doubt that today’s learns are leaders tomorrow who will be expected to take the national economy to the next level of prosperity.
However, a majority of Americans are still struggling to acquire higher education and training due to the rising cost of tuition. Meanwhile, those already in college are dropping before they can finish. On the other hand, those who have finished are being harassed by student debts.
Does mean higher education is for the privileged few?
No, if America has to remain competitive in the global market. However, the fact that many American families cannot sustain the expense could make it look like a privilege. Sadly as colleges and universities continue to charge exorbitant amounts of tuition, the federal government has failed to take them to the task of accountability. Yet, taxpayers are remitting their taxes yearly.
According to the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), the government’s hypocrisy has continued to burden students. This is because despite getting a job after their college studies, they still have to pay their debts from their meager earnings. To top it up, they have to juggle all these with family responsibilities.
There is a need for increased focus on student success
The Obama Administration was very proactive in stabilizing the escalating rate of higher education. It applied the Gainful Employment rule, which penalized colleges offering unsustainable programs in the job market. However, its effects did not see the light of day because it was repealed by the Trump administration. The rule was viewed to be selective; it applied to only certificate and degree programs in public and private institutions.
But regardless of all that, the government must provide quality education opportunities to students. It must take the responsibility of empowering students and ensuring the affordability and completion of programs. If need be, states can choose to promote reforms that support the progress and transition of students from college to the job market.
This kind of support will create a kind of partnership between the government and the students. Remember, they are both key players in establishing a thriving economy.