“Links” to Higher Education

2 Nov

As someone who is still relatively new but beginning to feel more comfortable in the world of politics, I know how easy it is to get lost in all the information about candidates and their issues provided by the Internet and the media.  To simplify things, I have provided below a list of links providing basic information on the issues of higher education in the political world.

1.  For a better understanding of President Obama and the Democratic party’s position on higher education, check out this “Issues” page from his official campaign website: http://www.barackobama.com/education?source=primary-nav This link discusses President Obama’s continued support for the Pell Grant program and also outlines his stance on other education issues if you are interested.  To learn specifically about his Student Loan Reform, check out this link: http://www.barackobama.com/education-calculator.  For an in-depth look at what President Obama is doing for education, take a look at The White House page: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/higher-education

2. To learn about what Governor Mitt Romney and the Republican party want to do to make higher education more accessible and affordable, check out this link to his campaign website to see how higher education policy will be changed if Governor Romney is elected President on November 6, 2012: http://www.mittromney.com/issues/education  To see how higher education fits into Governor Romney’s Five-Point Plan to create jobs in America click here: http://www.mittromney.com/JobsPlan

3. One reason I chose higher education as the topic of this blog is because of the importance of obtaining a post-secondary education to compete in today’s job market. The importance and value of a higher education are also topics often discussed in today’s political debates when the accessibility and affordability of college are being stressed.  For a better understanding of why a college education is important, check out this link: http://dotschools.com/blog/200-reasons-why-college-education-is-important/ Also, to learn more about why the value of a college or university degree is being questioned due to increasing tuition costs, check out this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/blogs/next/2012/01/11/the-value-gap/

4. Another reason why higher education has become such a controversial political issue is because of the rising amount of student loan debt.  The following link provides student loan debt figures for 2010 and 2011 as well as background information on why so many students are having to depend on loans to pay for their college costs:
http://www.fastweb.com/financial-aid/articles/2589-total-college-debt-now-exceeds-total-credit-card-debt . For more information on just how rapidly college costs have risen since as many as 30 years ago as well as the current amount of student loan debt, check out this link from the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/15/cost-of-college-degree-increase-12-fold-1120-percent-bloomberg_n_1783700.html . This article by the Huffington Post also has links embedded within it for a wide range of information regarding tuition costs and student debt.

5.  To see how rising college costs and student loan debt are expected to impact the future of higher education, check out this report from the CQ Researcher: http://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/cqresrre2011102107 Also regarding the future of higher education, there has been a lot of talk about whether or not colleges and universities will be forced to increase the amount of online learning offered in order to lower costs while still providing an education to students.  To learn more about the prospect of institutions using online learning as well as a survey given to experts in the field about how much higher education programs will change due to online learning, click on this link: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Future-of-Higher-Education/Overview.aspx

I hope all of these links are helpful in your understanding of higher education in the political world.  While these articles are just a few of the thousands that can be found, I believe that reading the information provided by these sources will qualify you to be an educated citizen when it comes to the political debates concerning higher education and its’ future. Happy reading!


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