Michigan State University raised tuition for the 8th year in a row this summer. To combat the rising cost of tuition, the university unveiled a new program for insuring lower tuition costs: the Go Green Go 15 program or Go15. Essentially, students are able to lock in the 2016-2017 tuition cost as long as they … Continue reading Losing the Green 15: The Problem of Regressive Tuition Freezes at Michigan State University
I have a dream that one day White students will learn about racism because as current curriculums stand, we do not do enough to teach our children about the reality of race relations past, present, and future in this country. I have a dream that little girls will one day have plenty of strong role … Continue reading We the People: Inclusive Curricula and Social Change
Every once and a while an idea comes around that is both quite popular among Very Serious People and pretty dubious. One of the latest examples of this age-old phenomena is means testing. Programs are said to be means tested when they phase out at the point where the government believes beneficiaries would be able … Continue reading Against Means Testing
Throughout history, there have been reoccurring instances of indirect and direct attacks on African American and Latino communities. These attacks often took the form of social and economic structures and laws. A classic example of this was the first GI Bill that was seen as a public good for veterans but was not made equitable for … Continue reading The Criminalization of Urban Public Education
When college and university students consider how they will pay for their education they often have limited options: student loans, scholarships, financial aid, and work. With the rising cost of college and university tuition, these financial decisions weigh heavily on the minds of students. However, the financial stress of higher education can extend beyond tuition and housing. Students now need to confront the rising cost of textbooks. Textbooks, which may determine academic success in a course, are becoming increasingly expensive, ultimately creating an additional economic barrier to education.