ASPIRE Bill in Senate an “Access” Wake-up Call for Colleges

Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) have introduced a bill in Congress that would “encourage” colleges to provide greater access for underserved (poor, first generation-college, minority) students. It should serve as a warning, especially to the wealthiest colleges, that they need to act systemically, not individually, to provide all qualified students access to post-secondary education.

In the past I’ve advocated that wealthy colleges and universities work together to help less well-endowed institutions fund poor students. The Coons-Isakson bill should prod them to take the high road before being made to do so. It would be a win-win for all parties involved.

I’ve made the case in my forbes.com blog, which you can access HERE.

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2 thoughts on “ASPIRE Bill in Senate an “Access” Wake-up Call for Colleges

  1. Appreciate you shining the light on endowments. The majority of high school seniors enroll at Community Colleges which have little to no endowment and minuscule funding opportunity vis a vis their gargantuan need. Looking at the NACUBO list, once you get past the top 200 institutions, endowments shrink precipitously. How can the hundreds of schools with no endowment or less than a $100 Million endowment enroll more of the underserved AND provide the resources necessary to shepherd them through four years of higher ed? It’s a distressing situation and also entirely unsustainable… (Insert the Munch Scream emoji here…)

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