Obama Administration Moves Forward With College Affordability Plans
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As higher education expenses at schools such as Boston University reach record highs, U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration is pushing for initiatives such as competency-based education to increase the value of a college education while decreasing costs, officials said.
In to a notice released by the U.S. Department of Education last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan encouraged higher-education institutions authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965 to test alternative ways of administering financial aid programs.
“For this set of experiments, the Secretary seeks suggestions for creative experiments to test innovations that have the potential to increase quality and reduce costs in higher education, while maintaining or increasing the programmatic and fiscal integrity of the student financial assistance programs authorized by Title IV of the HEA [Higher Education Act of 1965],” the notice stated.
Obama’s attempts to reform higher education are in response to the United States losing the top rank in educational leadership in the world. Reforming the cost of higher education in America is one of many other initiatives being developed by the Obama administration. Other proposed reforms include dual enrollment of high school students and prior learning assessments. Educational innovations would allow students to pass courses at a personal level and would cut unnecessary spending costs.
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