What’s Dennis Reading – March 27th with Guest Reader Gene Luna!

This week, Vice President Dennis Pruitt is reading:

How Washington Could Make College Tuition Free (Without Spending a Penny More on Education)” by Matthew DolanDennis Pruitt

For years, college tuition has been rising higher than the rate of the household family income and many families can no longer afford college tuition without aid or taking on debt. What if the states just decided to make public education free? This is an idea that is more possible than most people assume. “The Atlantic” takes a look at how much federal money is already spent on college tuition aid and how it could be used to make higher education an option for more individuals.

This week Gene Luna, Associate Vice President for Student Development and University Housing, is reading:

“Recent Deep State Higher Education Cuts May Harm Students and the Economy for Years to Come” By genelunaPhil Oliff, Vincent Palacios, Ingrid Johnson, and Michael Leachman

This article is a rather lengthy, but easy to skim to find key information. It is a report on the changes and impacts of reduced state spending on higher education. It further discusses how the reduced spending affects students attending colleges and universities, along with prospects for the future of same.

Breaking the Tyranny of the Academic Calendar” By Jeff Selingo

This one is a brief opinion of the impact of the Department of Education’s notice that financial aid can be used in support of competency-based credits. This decision has a possibility to greatly impact on the academic calendar that colleges currently use for their students.

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Let Dennis or Gene know your opinion about these articles, or if you have any suggestions for future articles!

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