Support Free Public Higher Education

ACADEME BLOG

The following is from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (CFHE). The CFHE website can be found at: http://futureofhighered.org/.

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Earlier this year, the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education released a working paper, “Making All Public Higher Education Free.” In that paper the author, Bob Samuels, demonstrated why such a proposal is both realistic and smart.

The idea seems to be gaining support.

As we reported in an “On the Issues” posting in June, Germany has returned to free tuition in its colleges and universities, after a brief experiment with charging tuition.

More recently the Republican governor of Tennessee, William E. Haslam, has proposed free community college in that state. The Tennessee Promise proposal is far from perfect, but it at least has the virtue of adding to a much-needed discussion about possible models for free higher education in this country.

As many have…

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