These unsurprising data come from a poll conducted by Inside Higher Ed during the early summer and long before additional details of Sanders’ plan made it even more generous to states and institutions. That also was before Hillary Clinton doubled down, proposing a plan that would double the funding Sanders had proposed, Hillary’s plan including some funds for private colleges.
The survey question did not name Sanders, but asked:
As you may know, one specific proposal calls for the federal government to provide states with $18 billion in matching awards to allow for free public higher education. Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose this proposal?
Even more interesting is the finding that when the presidents were divided between public and private sector, 40%+ of private college presidents are strongly opposed to the plan.
More importantly, the notion of a “debt-free” or “free” college—whether for two or four years—is foolishness. There is no such thing as “free” anything. Someone has to pay for it and, in this case, it’s the taxpayers.
In addition, federal $$$s always come to institutions with strings attached. They also disrupt the marketplace. Consider what that’s done to healthcare, K-12 public education, and public school lunch programs!
Lastly, when citizens have no “skin in the game,” they end up also having nothing to say about the game’s quality.
But those presidents sure do want that “free” mother’s milk!
Let the discussion begin…
To read the Inside Higher Ed article, click on the following link: