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Fighting for Affordability-- A Talk by Sara Goldrick-Rab, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Delivered at the United States Student Association's #LegCon14 , March 16, 2014

Minh Mai

on 16 March 2014

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Transcript of Fighting for Affordability-- A Talk by Sara Goldrick-Rab, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Starting points
What's Promising
Fighting for Affordability: What's Promising and What's Not
What to do???
First, Do No Harm
Second, prioritize where you can have real impact on
Third, reject the naysayers
Reclaim higher education by updating the funding model
Universal instead of targeted support
Ensure adequate support for all instead of prioritizing choice
Strengthen the expectations for performance
Cut aid to states that don't maintain effort
Help schools to focus on national priorities
Challenge institutional leaders in the private sector to survive without gov't subsidy
What's NOT Promising
Pay it Forward
Debt Forgiveness
Playing with interest rates
Simply pushing to increase the Pell
Be careful about SHORT-TERM strategies with negative LONG-TERM consequences
Cutting money from a program DOES NOT mean it will be reallocated how you choose
Focusing on debt relief now may compete with higher ed funding for future generations

Take aim at the real culprits:

State legislatures
Their $$ backers
Elite flagships who simply play the rankings game
Private institutions & their lobbyists
Washington DC politicians

Allies: Faculty, staff, some alumni

Educational decisions are positively affected by
lower tuition
grant aid
debt reduction/forgiveness doesn't change decisions.
College is most
for the poor--
must be the top priority
Effects of debt on post-college life are not well-documented--
admit that and call for more research
Even those on the Left have a stake in maintaining the status quo
Radical change comes from radical ideas
Yes, college costs are too high
Yes, there is too little grant aid available
Yes, there are people who need aid who aren't called "needy" under current rules.
Yes, there is a debt problem.
Yes, we need better repayment options
Prezi by:

Sara Goldrick-Rab
Associate Professor
Educational Policy Studies &
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Founding Director
Wisconsin HOPE Lab
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