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Will Joe Biden Cancel Student Debt? – the Political Ramifications and More

Monday’s Boston Globe featured an article by reporter James Pindell that analyzed why President Biden hasn’t kept his campaign promise of cancelling $10,000 of college student debt for every borrower.

Mr. Pindell notes that Mr. Biden is under pressure from the progressive left to cancel more debt. Specifically, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Chuck Schumer introduced a resolution to cancel up to $50,000 of debt per student through an Executive Order.

NC Promise Expands

In a blog article that I titled The Signs Are All Around Us, I included a few thoughts about the NC Promise program. That write-up is republished below as a refresher about the program and a few of my questions. An update is published below my original article.

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured an article this week written by Sarah Brown about the state of North Carolina’s radical college affordability program called NC Promise.

Pell Grants Expanded to Include Short-term Programs but Excludes Online Learning

In a move eerily reminiscent of former Sen. James Webb’s GI Bill legislation, the House passed legislation on February 4, 2022, to expand Pell grant eligibility for any short-term program with “at least 150 clock hours of instruction over a period of at least 8 weeks” if it is not primarily delivered online.

Senator Webb, the architect of the Post 9-11 GI Bill, did not believe in equal standing for online education compared to residential education and excluded it for eligibility for the housing allowance portion of Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits when that bill was originally introduced on his first day in the Senate in January 2007.

An Inspiring Story That Could Increase Community College Graduation Rates

A recently published article in the Hechinger Report about a free tuition plan offered by five community colleges in the San Diego area motivated me to write about it as well.

Hechinger reporter Wayne D’Orio writes about a new program called Alamo Promise. Promise programs that pay for college tuition are not new. Mr. D’Orio cites a UPenn GSE database indicating that there are more than 400 nationwide, 10 of which are in Texas.

The Signs Are All Around Us

In a recent blog post, I wrote about Professor Steven Mintz’s article titled The Revolution in Higher Education is Already Underway.

Another recent post reviewed Bob Zemsky’s and Lori Carrell’s recent book, Communicate for a Change. The nine conversations that they chose to write about are relevant to the “revolution already underway.” The first conversation, Why Can’t We Talk About the Mess We’re In?