the simplest approach would be to just make community colleges free. They’re already the least expensive higher education institutions in the country, and there’s no evidence that they provide an inferior education to more expensive schools. And as the Miami-Dade system is showing, there’s no reason why community colleges can’t provide quality four-year degrees on top of the two-year programs for which they’re known.
Securing state or federal funds to eliminate tuition, perhaps tied to cost controls to prevent spending from spiraling out of control the way it has at research universities, and to the provision of bachelor’s degrees, would be a straightforward solution. If that was accomplished, then spending problems at other kinds of schools wouldn’t be a major issue. We’ve already guaranteed free access to a K-12 education to all American children; what’s a few more years?
Source: Washington Post.