Posts published on April 6, 2010
Whether by choice or by necessity, community colleges are the dominant institution for Latino students. So to the extent that Latinos are underrepresented among bachelor’s degree recipients in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, increasing the flow of STEM students from community colleges to four-year institutions – and better ensuring the success of those who go on to Hispanic-serving institutions – is likely to be the best way to attack that deficit, a new report argues
The strategy of attaching the student aid bill to the health bill worked in terms of passing something big. The private lenders were excluded from making government guaranteed loans, and this type of lending will come directly from The US Education Department. This will lower student interest costs, and help college completion. But the small increases in the Pell grants were not what Obama wanted, and essentially keeps the program where it is now in terms of the maximum grant. There is no additional legislative strategy visible to help the Pell grants keep up with tuition increases.