Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Color me skeptical

Spellings' higher ed committee had its first meeting yesterday. But they won't get far with a mission like this:

She has set a goal of assuring that any students who work hard can go to college regardless of how much money their parents earn. And although she says it is time for significant federal action -- perhaps in the category of the G.I. Bill after World War II -- she has also assured observers that she is not advocating a bigger role for the government.

OK, so any student who works hard -- notice, she didn't say performs on tests or anything like that, it's "work hard" according to the AP -- will get to go to college. Even if their parents are poor. But she's not advocating a bigger role for government?

Wow. This should be fun to watch. If she thinks that the private sector will step in and pitch in enough money for millions of poor kids she's got another thing coming. Government needs a bigger role in this. A more aggressive, active role to ensure poor kids can go to college. Doesn't look like this Administration knows anything about doing ensuring government can help the poor, though.

Maybe the committee can help them, but let's just say I'm skeptical.


Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

You know she went off the leash on this one. An educated populace is an educated voting group is an educated workforce, who will realize very quickly that their jobs are being outsourced.

I don't see it happening.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Lance said...

Geez, what PLANET is she from!! It would behoove her to read the Times article you linked to in your "Does being a public university mean anything anymore?" post and figure out where the funding is going to come from.

A quote from the CNN article above:
"By August 1, the group must recommend how to make colleges more accessible and affordable for families, accountable to policy-makers, and competitive with peers worldwide."

start rant>
Who do you think you are sending your clipboards carrying policy-makers to my state university telling me how to *run* things when you are cutting state and local Gov. funds down to single digit percentages! Accountable! I'm accountable to the companies and tuition payers that are supporting this school!
/end rant>

When a state university has to consider 8% Gov. funding and the requisite "accountability", I think they'll tell you to keep your 8%.

"If she thinks that the private sector will step in and pitch in enough money for millions of poor kids she's got another thing coming." Exactly! They are more concerned with research and stock price.

10:36 AM  
Blogger star said...

If this is NCLB at the university level (which would not surprise me--have you seen the new teacher certification standardization program, "Rules 2002"?), then why wouldn't universities accept it just like K-12 has? 8% might not sound like much, until you start talking about budgets in the hundreds of millions. Can public universities afford to lose millions of dollars any more than K-12 public schools? I don't think so. The government is just using this program to pacify the working class masses with empty promises, and as an avenue into greater control of universities.

5:35 PM  

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