By Thomas K. Lindsay
“We’ll get it done this year,” predicted U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) when asked whether Congressional efforts to pass the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act would be successful. Alexander, who chairs the Senate education committee, plans to have legislation up for a vote after the Senate returns from its August recess this year. To this end, he has proposed a number of thoughtful reforms aimed at making our universities more accountable for student failures.
The need for such reforms—and more—is clear to all who have observed the trajectory of American higher education over the past fifty years: skyrocketing tuitions, crushing student-loan debt, poor student learning, and high college-graduate underemployment. CONTINUE READING HERE