By John Long
President Obama’s recent college-funding proposal certainly warrants consideration. But as with all government initiatives, the devil will be in the details, and I see many potential devils lurking.
The president’s idea is to develop a rating system for institutions of higher learning and have those ratings reflected in the distribution of student aid. Details are pretty vague, but the new system would take into account graduation rates, post-college success, tuition costs and other factors. The federal government would then reward highly rated schools, while underachievers would be eligible for fewer taxpayer dollars.
Long is a Roanoke Times columnist and director of the Salem Museum.