Obama’s rating system would allow Feds to control higher education
Only Obama would try to figure a way for government to control both higher education and healthcare in this country, bypassing Congress once again, by allowing bureaucrats to choose which colleges get federal funding based on a federal rating system of all colleges.
The country will now have the federal government picking winners and losers based on Obama’s rating system, where bureaucrats will determine what is suitable, such as affordability, accessibility, or any other political criterion the government will try to impose on higher education.
Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s Chief of Staff during the first campaign, set the tone for the current administration when he said, ”You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
Student loan debt has grown to more than $1.2 trillion. Federal loans make up 93% of this debt, with slim job opportunities for graduates to repay their loans under the Obama administration’s slow economy.
Prospective students are therefore beginning to consider alternatives, such as online schooling. Barack Obama even highlighted this good idea in his education proposal on Thursday.
The president proposed creating a college rating system, wherein the federal government would evaluate colleges and universities on graduation rates and affordability, as well as on leftist goals like student income-level and race quotas. The feds run a $1 trillion annual deficit and they’re going to evaluate colleges on affordability?
Naturally, the federal government would tie monetary aid to its own rating system, which would lead to (more) political favoritism and a lobbying nightmare.
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) even opined “There is no reason why a young person should have to pay for college.”
Federal aid is the primary driver of skyrocketing college tuition rates as it is — wait until it’s a “right.” Instead of the top-down government solution, the correct path is to gear education toward real acquisition of knowledge and skills through the free market.
Federal Pell grants are a driving force behind rising tuitions, with colleges calculating that tuition increases will force the feds to raise the Pell grants to cover the rising costs of colleges to pay ever increasing salaries and benefits.
With the government’s broad new rating system, “Washington would become a sort of national school board for our colleges and universities,” lamented Lamar Alexander (R-TN).
There has been little consensus among policymakers on how to curb college costs. While Obama’s proposal could give colleges an incentive to slow increases, it could also add massive reporting requirements that could be a burden on schools struggling to make ends meet.
In addition to tuition, schools will be rated on average student loan debt, graduation rates and the average earnings of graduates!
With current privacy laws, how will the government determine the average earnings of graduates, through the NSA, the IRS, Obamacare or all of the above?
Also, the president is seeking legislation to give bonuses to colleges who meet his goals of enrolling and graduating low-and moderate income students – political, not educational goals.
Other proposals include distributing student aid, such as Pell Grants, over the semester rather than as a lump sum to ensure that students who drop out of college do not receive money for time that they are not in school.
Now there’s a good proposal and proves the adage that “even a blind pig finds a truffle now and then.”