Obama unveils plans for rating colleges by cost, but proposal is criticized by GOP, educators

  • Article by: JULIE PACE , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 22, 2013 - 6:10 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Targeting the soaring cost of higher education, President Barack Obama on Thursday unveiled a broad new government rating system for colleges that would judge schools on their affordability and perhaps be used to allocate federal financial aid.

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nessmessAug. 22, 13 7:02 AM

Everything he tinkers with, turns to lead...

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firefight41Aug. 22, 13 7:11 AM

If he wants to, start with Yale and give it a D-. We see the outcome of this country with a so called leader that graduated from Yale.

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rickbmnAug. 22, 13 7:20 AM

Well, firefight, I guess we might as well throw in Harvard and Columbia, too. Those schools have not done us much good now, have they?

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rickbmnAug. 22, 13 7:24 AM

Is this really what the president of the United States should be concerned with? I guess the horrible economic mess he continues to promote, the healthcare disaster he created, and the global unrest he fostered by being clueless aren't important.

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theagonybhoAug. 22, 13 7:26 AM

Boy Obama is really hitting the hard pressing issues, you ever notice all he talks to are college students now college ratings are high on his list. How about the economy, jobs, the deficit or unemployment.

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avejoeconAug. 22, 13 7:59 AM

Anything to take the minds of Americans off of the miserable recovery he has created. Slowest recovery in modern history.

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lenny7Aug. 22, 13 8:28 AM

The plan has some merit, but only if it'd applied to K-12 first.

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mrraj06Aug. 22, 13 9:03 AM

Promoting quality higher education will help the economy, jobs, the deficit, and unemployment in the long run. Can anyone actually come up with a criticism for the proposal? Or do you just not like it because it was proposed by Obama?

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woolsey24Aug. 22, 13 9:16 AM

@rickbmn: The financial aid system is crippled with a $1 trillion in total outstanding loans. You don't think this is a big deal? For Profit schools, especially online, are strangle holding the financial aid system. Financial aid availability is crucially important; many students can't afford school and if this problem isn't rectified, the US falls lower down the list as the most college degrees per capita. There are plenty of online schools that take advantage of lower-income students and then leave them with an average of $40,000 in debt. This isn't something the president should be concerned about?

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firefight41Aug. 22, 1310:00 AM

Promoting quality higher education will help the economy, jobs, the deficit, and unemployment in the long run. *********** Good statement, can you prove it?

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