Don’t worry bros, President Obama has got your backs. Just like you, Mr. President is totally bewildered by college costs and wants to figure out a way to make tuition more affordable for normal people.
To help get to the bottom of this predicament, or at least crack the surface, the president met privately with university presidents and chancellors at the White House this Monday. Wouldn’t you be super pumped if the president just invited you over to talk IN THE WHITE HOUSE?
So, the meeting occurred, and according the The Chronicle of Higher Education, the point of the gathering was to figure out ways to bring down “overall campus costs” across the United States. What a lovely idea!
According to Inside Higher Ed, the people present at the meeting were…
3 state university systems: Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York; Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of the University of Texas System; and William E. (Brit) Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland.
3 from public universities: Holden Thorp, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Freeman Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County; and F. King Alexander, president of California State University at Long Beach.
1 from a community college: Thomas Snyder, president of Ivy Tech Community College, the Indiana community college system.
3 private nonprofit college presidents: Jared L. Cohon, president of Carnegie Mellon University; Larry Shinn, president of the famously tuition-free Berea College; and Robert Mendenhall, president of Western Governors University, whose model of fully online, competency-based education has been embraced by numerous states in recent months..
The meeting was said to be very open and engaging. Different parties brought up various desires such as one to see more minority students pursue science, technology, engineering and math disciplines, to which, I can only imagine President Obama responded, “Then let’s BRING DOWN THE COST.”
What would you have said at the meeting if you were present? Do you have a solution to college costs?