Posted by Denisa Gándara and Amy Li on December 10, 2020 at 7:00 AM
Promise programs, or “free” college programs that cover tuition and fees for students attending college in a specific geographic area, are becoming increasingly popular. The College Promise Campaign estimates over 350 programs nationally. We conducted two studies of 33 Promise programs that each provide tuition benefits at a single community college and analyzed enrollment effects.
In our first study, which is part of an edited volume on Promise programs, we explored changes in total first-time, full-time students in response to programs, observing years 1998-99 to 2015-16. Compared to nearby colleges without a Promise program, colleges with a Promise program saw, on average, an enrollment increase of 22%. For the average college, this increase was equivalent to an additional 180 students during the years after a program began. On average, total enrollment increased 3% each year, resulting in 25 additional students annually.
Posted by Morley Winograd and Max Lubin on November 10, 2020 at 9:00 AM
To rebuild America’s economy in a way that offers everyone an equal chance to get ahead, federal support for free college tuition should be a priority in any economic recovery plan in 2021.
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.