Higher education needs to pay attention to both value and affordability to rebuild middle class

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

American ingenuity and innovation have fueled our way of life for generations. Although the most obvious signs of innovation are new products, such as handheld computing devices or cars that can park themselves, other forms of innovation are also needed to create a robust economy. Higher education innovates in our academic programs that provide both employable skills and a base for responsible citizenship. During his recent multi-city tour, President Barack Obama expressed a belief that future innovation, a thriving economy and an affordable college education are linked together.

His blueprint's foundation for a more prosperous tomorrow centers on higher education, proposing the tying of federal government support to colleges and universities that make higher education more effective and affordable. He envisions accelerated programs, a more rapid path to graduation, and incorporating additional online courses into academic programs.

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