What if Public Higher Education was Nationalized?

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute With all the talk about increasing the number of students gaining access to a higher education in a way that is either free or more affordable than currently offered, it is perhaps worth a dialogue about whether state governments are the appropriate vehicle to house the public higher education system. This is not to … Continue reading What if Public Higher Education was Nationalized?

There He Goes Again: Student Loan Forgiveness and Senator Sanders

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute I’m a broken record. I admit it. I’ve written about this issue several times recently. Some of our readers may suggest that one more time is far too many, but I simply cannot help myself because Bernie Sanders has struck again. Yesterday, Senator Sanders, who is, for a second time, running for the Democratic … Continue reading There He Goes Again: Student Loan Forgiveness and Senator Sanders

A Lot of Talk About a $40 Million Tuition Gift

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute This past Saturday, Billionaire Robert F. Smith, who made his money in private tech equities, delivered the commencement address at Morehouse College in Atlanta and promised to pay the debt for the 400 graduates in attendance. Morehouse is no slouch institution. The all-male and almost all Black college[1] has a total cost of attendance … Continue reading A Lot of Talk About a $40 Million Tuition Gift

Does it Matter if You Attend a Top-Ranked Institution?

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute I read an article published this week by Richard Reeves and Katherine Guyot of Brookings titled: “US College Scandal: How much differences does going to a top university make?” There is nothing earth shattering here; it basically buttresses what most of us in the industry have said for years: attending a selective institution has … Continue reading Does it Matter if You Attend a Top-Ranked Institution?

The Problem with Loan Forgiveness

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute Last week, Presidential nominee and Senator Elizabeth Warren called for the cancellation of student loan debt for 42 million borrowers. According to an article by InsideHigherEd.com, this would result in cancelation of $50,000 of loan debt for former students who incomes are less than $100,000 and even provide forgiveness for those with incomes up … Continue reading The Problem with Loan Forgiveness