"Changing the Conversation," jointly published by the 1889 Institute, the Oklahoma Council on Public Policy, and American for Prosperity, proposes three big ideas for reducing the cost of higher education. These include two years of low-cost virtual education, greater cooperation with Western Governors University, and development of a $10,000 bachelor's degree.
College Tuition continues to rise every year. College graduates incur increasing debt to complete their educations, often finding themselves in jobs inappropriate for the level of education achieved, and with majors ill-suited for today's job environment. Higher education costs are rising faster than students' and their families' ability to pay even as the value produced by higher education is increasingly in question. Yet, when institutions of higher education find their finances tight, their default responses are to increase tuition and demand that legislatures spend more, even if it means a tax increase.
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