We have to do something about higher education in our country.
Access to higher education makes a big difference when it comes to helping Americans join the middle class. Josh Wyner, executive director of the College Excellence Program, recently joined the “PBS NewsHour” to discuss President Barack Obama’s plan to make the first two years of community college free.
Here are three reasons the proposed program could be a game changer:
- “Within the next decade, we’re projected to need an educated workforce where 60 percent of Americans have a college degree, and today we’re just over 40 percent that have one.”
- “We have a gap between rich and poor that’s growing in our country. And we have lots of people in our country who don’t have access to higher education.”
- “One-third of community college students are working full-time jobs. Seventy-five percent are working some jobs to make ends meet.”
- Josh Wyner wrote about the details of the program and the promise of universal community college in the Aspen Journal of Ideas.
- In March, the College Excellence Program will award its 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Learn about the 10 finalist community colleges from around the country.