Posted by Maica Pichler on June 01, 2016 at 7:14 AM
All across the country proud parents are celebrating their children taking the next step along the path of their educational progress from primary school to high school and hopefully from there to college graduation. But the overall data on academic performance suggests our current system of education is not serving students and their families well. It is increasingly clear that unless something is done to fundamentally transform the way we finance higher education and prepare students for success in that increasingly critical experience, we are putting in jeopardy not only their future, but our country’s as well.
Posted by Maica Pichler on May 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Dear 2016 Graduate,
Congratulations! As you enter the workforce, your friends at the Campaign for Free College Tuition would like to share with you some good – and some not so good news. First and foremost, your college degree is not only a proud achievement for you and your family, it is worth about $830,000 over a high school diploma and is still the most reliable pathway to the middle class or higher. While we all have struggled at some time during our careers – and you will too – a college education has opened doors and changed our lives for the better.
Posted by Maica Pichler on April 26, 2016 at 7:30 AM
There are lots of people invested in today’s higher education system who insist that the rising price of tuition is a problem only for the nation’s poorest families. They argue sincerely and with great passion that increased money for students from low income families for both tuition and the other costs of attending college will solve the increasing inequality of higher education opportunity in America.
Posted by Maica Pichler on March 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Free college tuition, an issue that was not even on the radar four years ago, is now being implemented across our country (TN, OR, more than 40 local communities). These are the “early adopters” that are confident such programs will produce incredibly important results--more skilled workers who are able to get on the ladder to economic success, more tax revenue for and less spending by state and local governments, reduced wage inequality—in which both the psychological and financial upfront costs are more than balanced by the outcomes.
Posted by Maica Pichler on March 17, 2016 at 8:49 AM
As the primaries continue and the general election gets closer, free college tuition is a front burner issue on the debate and campaign stage, but there are clear contrasts in the way the issue is being framed nationally.
Posted by Maica Pichler on February 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Two of our nation’s most elite universities – Harvard and Stanford –have garnered recent media attention as they take steps to use their massive endowments to make college tuition free for most students. While these efforts to provide free tuition are praiseworthy, this ought to be the rule for all post-secondary education, from welding school to MIT.
Posted by Maica Pichler on February 03, 2016 at 2:00 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2015
Legislators Urged to Make California’s
Community Colleges Tuition Free
CFCT President Testifies before California Senate Subcommittee
SACRAMENTO, CA – Campaign for Free College Tuition President Morley Winograd urged legislators to make California’s community colleges tuition-free. In testimony before the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education, Winograd stated “I firmly believe -- given the data from Kalamazoo, Tennessee and other promise programs -- that when going to college isn't about income and where you come from, we see attitudes change. It is the single most important thing that we can do, from a public policy perspective, to improve people's lives.”
Posted by Maica Pichler on January 28, 2016 at 11:40 AM
Today, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Oakland Superintendent Antwan Wilson, were joined by dignitaries from across California and the country to launch one of the most ambitious and comprehensive cradle-to-career initiatives in the nation. The Oakland Promise is a cross-sector collaborative initiative designed to ensure that all Oakland students graduate high school with the expectations, resources, and skills to complete college and be successful in a career of their choice. One of the reasons that U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, University of California President Janet Napolitano, and our own President, Morley Winograd, attended the announcement is the scope and ambition of the Oakland Promise.
Posted by Maica Pichler on January 21, 2016 at 9:23 AM
Average yearly tuition at a four-year college has risen to over $21,000 a year. Public college tuition rates have spiked to an average of almost $8,000 a year for in-state students. Americans owe more money on their student loans than they do on all the cars on the road today.
Posted by Maica Pichler on January 13, 2016 at 8:22 AM
One year ago, on January 9, President Obama joined Republican Governor Bill Haslam in Tennessee to announce the American College Promise that would make the nation’s community colleges tuition free. It was a triumphal moment for our efforts to make college tuition free, coming less than a year after we launched our Campaign for Free College Tuition. Since the President’s announcement, we have continued to promote the idea of free college tuition in forums across the country, often with the support and presence of Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell.