Stillwater News Press

Our World

August 23, 2013

What does Obama want to do with college costs?

NEW YORK —

President Barack Obama is pitching an overhaul of federal student aid that would link dollars to the Education Department's ratings of colleges and universities. His proposal would give students at better-rated schools cheaper loans otr bigger grants.
 
If Obama wins congressional approval - an uncertain proposition, to be sure - it would provide for the most sweeping changes to the federal financial aid program in decades. Obama would cut off funding from schools that aren't controlling costs, delivering quality education or opening their doors wide enough for students from low- and moderate-income families.
 
A look at the president's proposal:
 
Q: What does Obama want to do?
 
A: He wants to collect data on each school and use that to rate colleges. Schools would qualify for dollars based on the results they achieve: the percentage of students who graduate, for example. The White House says the overhaul would reward outcomes, not head counts.
 
Q: How specifically will the administration judge which schools are best?
 
A: That isn't clear, which is why colleges are nervous. Obama introduced the plan Thursday and said schools would be rewarded if they help students from low-income families, keep costs low and have large numbers of students who earn a degree. Obama said the Education Department would track graduation rates, transfer rates, graduates' incomes and the number of students who earn advanced degrees.
 
Q: How would a community college compete with an Ivy League institution?
 
A: They wouldn't have to compete. Schools would be judged against similar schools, so they would be competing on a level playing field. The ratings also would take into account schools that enroll students from poorer families and schools that show improvement. But even within the same college, there remains a wide array of majors, and it isn't clear how the ratings would account for differences between highly selective programs and more general studies.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Our World
Must Read
Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Stocks
NDN Video
Under Armour Launches Biggest Women's Campaign with Inspiring Ad NYPD chokehold death of Eric Garner was homicide: medical examiner Christina Aguilera Pulls a Demi Moore! Man with no arms throws first pitch Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Is Justin Bieber Dating a Model? Guardians of the Galaxy (Trailer) 'Sharknado 2:' Hottest Memes Surfing The Net Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2"