Rubio Proposes Higher Education Overhaul

Career College Central summary:

  • Possible presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio called Monday for overhauling the nation’s higher education system to close an “opportunity gap” between Americans with and without advanced degrees. The Florida Republican said the reforms should include state-accredited alternatives to four-year colleges, income-based terms for repaying college loans and new standards for accrediting free Internet courses.
  • Rubio’s proposal comes as Republicans seek an alternative to President Barack Obama’s agenda to bolster the middle class, some of which touches on the same higher education issues. The affordability and access plan also is part of the GOP’s effort to step past the elite-sounding tone of some of Mitt Romney’s statements during his 2012 presidential bid. At the height of that race, footage was released showing Romney suggesting that 47 percent of Americans view themselves as victims who won’t take responsibility for themselves.
  • The price tag for tuition and fees at public four-year colleges is up 27 percent beyond overall inflation over the last five years, according to the latest figures from the College Board. The average annual cost for a full-time student at a four-year public college is now $18,390, including room, board and tuition. Subtract grants and tax benefits, and it drops to $12,620.

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