It is possible to contextualize and conjecture until the cows come home about how to make higher education accessible to everyone. It is equally possible to spout off high-minded ideals. The fact is that talk doesn’t put more kids in college and it doesn’t make it any more accessible So here at Locksley Anthony Henry we’ve assembled a few simple ideas that would make college more affordable.
- Increasing fees and tuition for public colleges (which 75% of students are enrolled at) is destroying college opportunity for many students and especially damaging for the lower income students. If state colleges or public colleges are going to receive government funding, that money should be allocated for students and teachers, not campus beautification or bonuses for administrators. That money should go towards making college more affordable for students, not more unnecessarily opulent
- Businesses need to be held more accountable for the benefits offered to their part-time employees. While many business offer scholarships to employees, they often offer very few or do not allow part-time employees to apply for them. These businesses should allow part-time employees to apply. They also shouldn’t be allowed to have markers in their system that mark part-time and full-time employees by status instead of hours worked. If this system were more closely scrutinized, many part-time employees would be allowed scholarships and would find affording college much simpler. Better educated employees make for better business
- In an age where it is possible to Skype with people on the other side of the world and K- 12 education has gone online, e-higher education is a natural step towards making education available to everyone. More colleges should be encouraged to create fully operational degree programs that are less costly than those that require multi-million dollar facilities to operate. The costs of providing a computer and internet access to students and paying teachers could make higher education very affordable without losing out on the educational value.
- College textbooks need to be calculated into the costs of attending college and the publishers need to make those textbooks affordable. With the current cost of education being so high, it is easy to argue that another thousand dollars is just a drop in the bucket, but the truth is, for many students textbooks are a significant unhandled burden after the burden of higher education has already been addressed. Publishers should not be allowed to charge outrageous sums for books that are necessary to the educational process and the burden to stop them from doing this should be on the colleges and universities, not the students.
As always, Locksley Anthony Henry hopes you’ll join us in our mission to make higher education affordable to all students wishing to pursue it in whatever manner you can.