It’s just more money in the already bloated educrats’ credit union accounts.
College administrators give Obama’s free-tuition proposal thumbs upFARGO – College administrators gave a warm reception to President Barack Obama’s proposal to provide free tuition for community college students who meet an academic performance standard.
The proposal, yet to be outlined in detail, is modeled after a Tennessee tuition program. To take effect, it would require approval from Congress and states, so administrators were cautious about its prospects.
“We don’t have all the details,” said David L. Clark, interim president of Bismarck State College. “Obviously, Congress would need to support it. At the state level, our Legislature would need to support it as well.”
So far in North Dakota, Clark is unaware of any discussion of providing free tuition for qualifying two-year college students.
But the North Dakota Legislature is considering a recommendation to freeze tuition once again for two-year college students.
Enrollment at North Dakota’s two-year public colleges totals more than 10,000 at five campuses around the state.
That enrollment figure is expected to grow with North Dakota’s continuing population growth and workforce demands, said Clark and John Richman, president of North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton.
It’s nice to have the president’s recognition of the contributions two-year colleges provide to higher education and society, Richman said.
“I think it’s a great way to start the conversation,” he said. “It’s a long conversation,” he added, though he noted that multiple studies have documented the contributions of two-year colleges.
Tuition at NDSCS runs $4,438 a year.