Posted by Carlos Cortez on October 19, 2020 at 1:40 PM
A Case for the Expansion of Intensive Career Training Programs and Free College Tuition for Adult Learners
As of May 28, 36.5 million Americans filed unemployment insurance, a number far worse than the 2.7 million claims most economists were expecting and predicting.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported a loss of 20.5 million jobs in April 2020, which increased the unemployment rate to 14.7%, setting new Post-World War II records.
Posted by Morley Winograd on July 30, 2020 at 2:07 PM
Plummeting state revenue streams due to the Coronavirus pandemic will undoubtably impact some of the state programs that make public college tuition-free. The popularity and effectiveness of such programs will however allow most to survive in one form or another depending on the nature of any federal help that is offered. But Congress and other federal policy makers can make a difference right now by partnering with states to provide free college tuition to adults as part of any plan to jumpstart our nation’s economic recovery.
Posted by Jack MacKenzie on July 13, 2020 at 2:26 PM
In Michigan, they refer to it as 60 by 30.
Ohio has established a 65 by 25 goal.
North Carolina has a 55 by 25 goal.
In Washington, it’s 70 by 2023.
Many states have stated goals for educational attainment among their adult population.
Posted by Jack MacKenzie on May 07, 2020 at 7:00 AM
Last month, Dr. Elizabeth Bell, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Miami University of Ohio, indicated in a blog post that “program design is an important predictor of public support for tuition-free college, with universal policies with minimum academic requirements commanding the broadest base of support.” We agree!
Posted by Morley Winograd on April 02, 2020 at 10:52 AM
The Campaign for Free College Tuition realizes that now is a time when elected officials and future candidates are focused on ensuring the safety and health of their families and their supporters. That is as it should be. But we also know that the country will get through this current crisis and will be looking for leaders with good ideas on how to help people rebuild their lives when the crisis eases.
In anticipation of that happening, hopefully sooner rather than later, we just released our candidate guidebook, Free Tuition for the Win: How Candidates Can Run and Win on Free College Tuition in 2020.
Posted by Elizabeth Bell on March 05, 2020 at 8:05 AM
Across the political aisle, extraordinary momentum has been building on the issue of tuition-free college. Overall 70% of the public supports the adoption of tuition-free public college, and policymakers in 19 states and nearly 300 cities have taken up the gauntlet and adopted a program. At this point, we know the idea of tuition-free public college is politically popular (see the map for a breakdown of this support across the states), but the burning question on the minds of policymakers is what program design engenders the most political support—what version of tuition-free college will reward them at the ballot box?
Posted by Campaign for Free College Tuition on February 24, 2020 at 9:04 AM
This week, Vox’s The Impact podcast analyzed the successes — and the limitations — of the Kalamazoo Promise. Click here to listen to the full podcast.
Posted by Morley Winograd on February 07, 2020 at 1:01 PM
On Friday, February 7, POLITICO hosted a series of conversations with governors from across the country, focusing on innovative approaches their states have taken to address complex problems.
Posted by Morley Winograd on January 02, 2020 at 5:54 AM
On December 13 in Detroit, Michigan, the Campaign for Free College Tuition (CFCT) hosted our annual workshop for state leaders on making college tuition free. Public officials, experts, and innovators from around the country shared examples of proven best-practices and actionable strategies for policy creation, funding, and building political support.
Posted by Morley Winograd on August 27, 2019 at 6:00 AM
The mission of the Campaign for Free College Tuition is to make two- and four-year public colleges tuition free in all 50 states. Since we started the organization five years ago, we have experienced increasing momentum across the country toward that goal, particularly with regard to community colleges. Today, twenty-one states have some type of free college tuition program, thirteen of which are sufficiently robust to be checked off as milestone achievements on our way to our celebration of mission accomplished.