By Glenn MolletteLincoln College in central Illinois cut tuition costs by 24% two years ago. The tuition dropped from $23,000 to $17,500. This year Concordia in St. Paul, Minnesota cut their tuition $10,000. Converse College in South Carolina has announced they will cut their tuition by 43%. Newburgh Theological Seminary College of Indiana announced October 1 a freeze on tuition costs and a $500 reduction.Lincoln College was experiencing a declining enrollment and trying to survive a sluggish economy. The decision was to make some adjustments in order to become more competitive with colleges across the nation.Across the country higher education has become a buyers market. Colleges costing $20,000 to $40,000 a year have become out of reach for the average American. Prospective students have become reluctant to embrace a lifetime of debt when affordable education is out there with a little searching.Neighboring colleges will be forced to pay attention. More Americans will have options. Education at a more affordable price could become a reality.I hope the government will not notice this recent college cost cutting trend. They will figure out a way to mess it up. Currently there are multitudes of higher education options in America. Universities abound throughout our country. Many have maxed out their financial obligations. Competition will eventually make many of the schools cut some of their costs and offer better tuition rates.Could our government learn something from this trend? What if we had 200 major medical insurance companies competing state to state? One big insurance company under the thumb of the government is a losing scenario for Americans. What if we only had one automaker? What if we had only one appliance maker? What if we had only one cable news network? What if we could only buy oil from Saudi Arabia? What if we only had coal and no natural gas? Or, what if we only had natural gas and no coal? Whenever we are limited to one utility company, one gas station, one grocery store, one medical provider, one source of energy or just one of anything we are up the creek without a paddle.Regardless, if it's college tuition or anything else, options and competition are good for America.Glenn Mollette is an American columnist read in all fifty states. Contact him at GMollette@aol.com Like his facebook page at www.facebook.com/glennmollette He is the author of American Issues and numerous other books.
Kentucky Press News ServiceFRANKFORT — About three out of every five of Kentucky’s public high school Class of 2011 graduates enrolled in college for the 2011-2012 academic year, exceeding the previous year’s enrollment, the state announced Tuesday in its release of the 2013 Kentucky High School Feedback Report.“This report provides the best information about college going and freshman year success that we have ever seen,” Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Thomas O. Zawacki said in a news release. “It is the perfect example of why Kentucky continues to be a national leader in data use to improve education and training.”The report revealed that of the 44,853 Kentucky public high school graduates in 2011, 60.2 percent or 27,014 enrolled in some form of higher education compared to 61.4 percent of those who graduated in 2010, a total of 26,858 students. Even though more students attended college, the actual college-going rate dropped marginally in part because of the increasing number of high school graduates, Charles McGrew, Ph.D., executive director of KCEWS, said.“Kentucky has made great strides in increasing its public high school graduation rates in recent years, but today’s global economy requires more than just a high school diploma,” Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said in the news release. “The future of Kentucky’s students – and the economic well-being of the Commonwealth – depends on their ability to acquire education and training after they graduate high school. The 2013 Kentucky High School Feedback Report gives educators, parents and community members valuable information they can use as they strive to increase student achievement and better prepare their students to succeed in college and the workforce.”The 2013 report includes individual reports for 228 public high schools in the state and is based on 2011-2012 college enrollment data, not surveys of students. Reports are not provided for alternative programs, but students from those schools are included in the district-level figures.In addition to information about each of Kentucky’s public high schools, the report includes comparable data about school districts, the proportion from each school that went to college and the types of schools they are attending, ACT scores and information by race and family income. The reports come out annually and provide feedback a year after each class graduates. KCEWS is working to shorten the reporting time to include the most recent class of graduates who attend college in the current fall term.“The newly designed High School Feedback Report will prove to be a powerful tool helping university educators better serve our incoming students, and to prepare the next generation of teachers,” Bob King, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education, said. “It will also help K-12 educators fine tune their curriculum, centered around the Common Core Standards, to closely align what their students are learning to the knowledge and skills they will need to be successful in college and in their careers.”“This year’s report expands on previous High School Feedback Reports because for the first time we followed a recent group of public high school graduates from Kentucky to determine how many attend college, how well they were prepared, and how well they did in college in terms of grades and progress toward completing a degree at an in-state public four-year university or KCTCS college during the 2010-2011 academic year,” McGrew said.Although 61 percent of the previous year’s high school graduates went to college, 52 percent of them attended both the fall and spring semesters, and only 46 percent of those high school graduates from 2010 completed their first year and returned for the second, according to the report.“Even though more than 90 percent of the 2010 graduating high school class that attended one of our in-state public schools entered as full-time students, only 15 percent actually earned a full-year of college-level course hours (30 college credit hours) during their first year. This is important because by the end of the first year, 85 percent who attended college from this class of graduates were already off track to graduate from college on time,” McGrew said.Students must earn 30 college-level hours per year to complete a 60-hour degree in two years or a 120-hour bachelor’s degree in four years.The report also illustrates the importance of preparing all high school graduates for success in college. The high school students who graduated in 2010 who were not ready for college-level coursework were only about half as likely to attend college (43 percent compared to 88 percent) as those who were assessed as college ready. College readiness is based on meeting all the English, math and reading benchmarks during the statewide junior year ACT assessment.“The students who were not ready for college-level work but still chose to attend a college or university earned considerably lower grades than their college-ready counterparts with average GPAs of 2.01 compared to 2.83 for those who were ready. They also earned an average of less than one-half a year’s college credit during their first year of school,” McGrew said about the high school students who graduated in 2010.This year’s report has additional information about student success in college including comparisons of high school to college grades by subject to identify the alignment between the education levels and data about financial aid for college for the Class of 2010.Of the 2011 high school graduates currently enrolled in college, the highest numbers are at the University of Kentucky (2,376) and Western Kentucky University (2,340). Of the 9 percent enrolled in out-of-state schools, Indiana University Southeast had the highest number enrolled at 116, according to the report.The statewide college-going rate for African-Americans in the Class of 2011 is 55.7 percent. The college-going rate for females in the class is 67 percent while the rate for males is 53.5 percent.Among the high school data on the 2011 graduates, Brown School in Jefferson County had the highest college-going rate at 94.9 percent and Paintsville High School had the second highest at 93.6 percent. Four high schools had a 90 percent or higher college-going rate, while six had a rate of less than 40 percent.“This information is useful in making sure that Kentucky’s high school students are prepared for postsecondary schools,” McGrew said. “We encourage parents, educators, school board members, officials and others to use this information to see how their local schools and districts compare across the state.”To view the report, including individual high school and district information, go to http://kcews.ky.gov/HSFeedbackReports.aspx.
Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. He has violated that oath by abdicating Congressional control of the authority to borrow money on behalf of the citizens of the United States.The United Kentucky Tea Party calls for Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell’s immediate resignation.During the recent government shutdown, precipitated by the Democrats' unwillingness to compromise on Obamacare and the debt ceiling, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell negotiated with Harry Reid for an end to the shutdown that gave unconstitutional authority to the President of the United States and by doing so, Senator McConnell violated his Constitutional oath of office.Mitch McConnell has been trying since 2011 to pass a rule that would allow Obama to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling at will, without the interference of the Congress. McConnell finds that debt ceiling fights are unpleasant affairs that require him to show courage and leadership, two attributes he lacks.The President must come to Congress for approval to raise the debt ceiling. Mitch McConnell has instituted a change, in violation of the Constitution (and his oath of office to uphold the Constitution) that grants the President unconstitutional authority to borrow unilaterally and furthermore, grants the President authority to veto a Congressional vote against raising the debt ceiling.Following a Presidential veto refusing to raise the debt ceiling, the Congress will be required to raise a two-thirds super-majority in both houses to override said veto, and failing to do so, the President will automatically and unilaterally get his debt ceiling increase thereby bypassing the requirement of the Constitution that Congress shall be the institution to borrow against the United States accounts.Democrat Chuck Schumer is now pushing to make "The McConnell Rule" permanent, guaranteeing that President Obama never again has to go to Congress to get approval to raise the debt ceiling and sink this country even further into debt. All thanks to Senator McConnell's abdication of his Constitutional oath.The members of The United Kentucky Tea Party call on Mitch McConnell to resign his leadership position. Further, UKTP demands the immediate resignation of Mitch McConnell from the United States Senate for a violation of the United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Paragraph 2 which states "The Congress shall have Power...(2) To borrow money on the credit of the United States."Senator Mitch McConnell must resign immediately for violating his Constitutional oath. We demand it!The United Kentucky Tea Party is a roundtable coalition of Tea Party leaders from across the state of Kentucky.
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