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Food for Thought - Race to the Top for Higher Ed

President Obama recently put forth several proposals aimed at improving access to higher education, lowering cost and promoting increased efficiency.  One proposal includes creating incentives for states to smooth the transition between K-12 and college education--a new program to build upon his signature Race to the Top program for K-12.  How is your institution working with the K-12 sector to improve the transition between secondary and post-secondary school?

Obama Proposes New Race to Top Aimed at Higher Ed.
Source: Education Week

Date: 1/27/12
The White House wants another Race to the Top competition for states, this time aimed at making higher education cheaper and better. President Barack Obama's plan, which he is fleshed out in a speech at the University of Michigan this morning, would create a new, $1 billion version of his signature Race to the Top competition for states to improve their higher education systems.  To snag the grants, states would have to smooth the transition between K-12 and college education by aligning entrance and exit standards between the two systems. That proposal would appear to build on an incentive in the original, $4 billion Race to Top for K-12 (Race to the Top Classic), which rewarded states for many things, including if they signed onto the Common Core State Standards Initiative—an effort by states to create more uniform, rigorous standards that prepare students for post-secondary education.

Obama Plan Links College Aid With Affordability
Source: The New York Times
Date:  1/27/12
President Obama is proposing a financial aid overhaul that for the first time would tie colleges’ eligibility for campus-based aid programs — Perkins loans, work-study jobs and supplemental grants for low-income students — to the institutions’ success in improving affordability and value for students, administration officials said.

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