By Jueseppi B.
Making College Affordable
This week, President Obama will layout a plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families.
Weekly Address: Making Higher Education More Affordable for the Middle Class
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Weekly Address: Making Higher Education More Affordable for the Middle Class
August 24, 2013 | Public Domain
In his weekly address, President Obama notes that while college education has never been more important, it has also never been more expensive, which is why he proposed major new reforms this week to make college more affordable for middle class families and those fighting to get into the middle class.
President Obama Holds a Town Hall on College Affordability
August 23, 2013 | 1:08:54 |Public Domain
President Obama participates in a town hall event at Binghamton University, the State University of New York, to discuss the importance of ensuring that every American has the opportunity to achieve a quality education by reducing cost and improving the value of higher education for middle-class students and their families.
President Obama and Vice President Biden Speak on College Affordability
August 23, 2013 | 40:49 |Public Domain
At Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, President Obama and Vice President Biden lay out a plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families.
La Directora Ejecutiva de la Iniciativa de la Casa Blanca para la Excelencia Educativa para los Hispanos, Alejandra Ceja, habla sobre el plan del Presidente para hacer que la educación universitaria sea más asequible
August 24, 2013 | 2:43 |Public Domain
En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora Ejecutiva de la Iniciativa de la Casa Blanca para la Excelencia Educativa para los Hispanos del Departamento de Educación, Alejandra Ceja, habló del plan del Presidente para hacer la educación universitaria más asequible, de cómo combatir el aumento de los costos, y mejorar su valor para los estudiantes y sus familias. En su gira de dos días por autobús, el Presidente habló con estudiantes de preparatoria y de universidad en Nueva York y Pennsylvania para hablar sobre la vía más segura hacia la clase media− algún tipo de educación superior. El Presidente propuso nuevas e importantes reformas para hacer que la universidad sea más asequible y hacer los pagos universitarios más cómodos para la gente, en particular, los jóvenes latinos que asisten a las universidades en números más elevados que nunca.
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President Obama went to Lackawanna College in Vice President Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania for the final stop of his college affordability bus tour. After an introduction from the VP, the President talked about his plan to shake up the current system and make higher education more affordable for middle class families.
Rethinking how we pay for higher education isn’t just an intellectual exercise. The President explained why:
If you get some kind of higher education — whether it’s a 2-year degree, a 4-year degree, a technical college — you’re more likely to have a job. You’re more likely to see your income going up. More than ever before, some form of higher education is the surest path into the middle class, and the surest path that you stay there.
That’s why ensuring that a good education stays within reach is a cornerstone of the President’s better bargain for the middle class.
President Obama talked about three major reforms that we need to make.
The first is a new ratings system for colleges that measures whether they help students of all backgrounds graduate with good career prospects and manageable debt. Besides helping students get the most for their money, they’d also provide a better value for taxpayers, even if they aren’t in school:
And then down the road, using these ratings, we’re going to work with Congress to change how we allocate federal aid for college. Because I said this last year, and I meant it, colleges that keep their tuition down while providing a high-quality education, we want to see their taxpayer support go up. We should not be subsidizing schools that are not getting good results for the young people who attend them.
Second, the President said, we need to, “encourage more colleges to innovate, try new things, do things that can provide a great education without breaking the bank.” Whether through online education programs or partnerships between high schools and colleges, we need to help students get a good education at a lower cost.
Third, we’ve got to make it easier for students to manage their loan debt. While the Pay As You Earn program has helped millions of current and former students cap their loan repayments, the President said that’s not enough:
But there are a lot of students, both current and former students, who aren’t eligible. So we want to work with Congress to fix that and make more students eligible for it. And too many students don’t know that the program exists. So we’re going to launch a campaign to help borrowers learn more about their options.
While Lackawanna College was the last stop on this bus tour, the President will keep fighting to ensure that a good education is available for everyone who’ll work for it.
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Press Briefings August 23, 2013
We The Geeks: Making the U.S. a Geek Magnet
Streamed live on Aug 23, 2013
Featuring: Anousheh Ansari, co-founder of TTI and Prodea Systems; co-creator of the Ansari X Prize and one of the first self-funded space tourists Steve Chen, co-founder of MixBit (AVOS) and YouTube Ping Fu, co-founder of Geomagic and chief strategy officer of 3D Systems, Jan Vilcek, Professor of Microbiology at New York University School of Medicine; creator of the Vilcek Prize and recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2012)
A Better Bargain for Students: President Obama hit the road on Thursday for a two-day bus tour in New York and Pennsylvania to share his plan to make college more affordable. The President stressed the importance of ensuring that higher education pays off for students and their families:
“Too many students are facing a choice that they should never have to make: Either they say no to college and pay the price for not getting a degree — and that’s a price that lasts a lifetime — or you do what it takes to go to college, but then you run the risk that you won’t be able to pay it off because you’ve got so much debt.”
President Obama also shared his own story about college loansin an email to White House subscribers. If you didn’t receive it, be sure to sign up for future updates.
Meet Sunny: The Obamas welcomed home a new member of their family, a Portuguese water dog named Sunny! The new puppy is settling into the White House and is expected to take on many family projects, just like her big brother Bo has.
Administration Officials Answer Your Education Questions:On Thursday, the White House hosted office hours with Deputy Communications Director Katie Beirne-Fallon and Deputy Director of Domestic Policy Council James Kvaal. You can check out many of questions asked on Storify.
On Friday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, to discuss how we can innovate in American education.
“At a time when going to college has never been more important, unfortunately it has never been more expensive,” Duncan said. “And so we have to work together to drive down costs. We have to have much greater transparency and help young people and their families make better choices.”
Mental Health and the Affordable Care Act: On Wednesday,health leaders and mental health advocates came to the White House to talk about how health reform will help Americans gain access to mental health coverage if they need. Because of the Affordable Care Act, 71 million privately insured Americans have gained improved coverage for preventive services.
We the (Immigrant) Geeks: Friday’s edition of We the Geekshighlighted prominent immigrants who are breaking ground in their professional fields. In a Google+ Hangout moderated by Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, and Doug Rand, Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, participants discussed why immigration reform is necessary to keep bringing innovators to the United States.
Hosting the 1973 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins: On Tuesday, the undefeated 1972-1973 Miami Dolphins visited the White House. President Obama congratulated the team for their legacy both on the field and in their communities.
“I know that some people may be asking why we’re doing this after all these years. And my answer is simple: I wanted to be the young guy up here for once,” President Obama joked about the team’s visit 40 years after they earned their Super Bowl rings.
One Year of Open Source Code for We The People: One year ago on Friday, the White House published its source code for We the People. In honor of this anniversary, we updated readers about our new web development projects and how you can get involved.
Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy: On Monday, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force released its final report. The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy provides recommendations to rebuild and reinvigorate Sandy-impacted areas. Over the past six months, FEMA has provided $12 billion to individuals and communities in need.
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