If I were President….Education

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If I were President of the United States, I would require all colleges and universities to participate in pro-bono education. Tenured professors toy with adoring students and have their teaching assistants do all the work. The time has come for higher education to join the pro-bono ranks of lawyers and medical professionals.

Colleges and universities have always enjoyed pampered economic status. “College tuition and fees in the United States experienced an average annual inflation rate of 8.7% over the past 20 years, according to Department of Labor statistics. That’s 3.8 percent more than the average annual inflation rate of 4.9% during that same period.”

The American Bar Association’s ethical rules recommend that lawyers provide a minimum of 50 hours of pro bono legal work per year. Many believe that legal pro bono work is essential to ensure judicial access to everyone.

Medical professionals within the hospital setting have the obligation of stabilizing every emergency patient regardless of pocket book or citizenship status. Many of these patients are written off the books as pro bono. Many believe that pro bono work should apply to all physicians. This would ensure medical access to everyone. Especially, since ObamaCare will not cover everyone.

The same philosophy of legal and medical access for all must apply to education. Higher education is not financially accessible to everyone today. Higher education is relatively more expensive than legal or medical costs.

My educational pro-bono plan would be implemented within three years. My enforcement would be federal funding for educational institutions. Simply stated, follow my pro bono plan or no federal funding period (as in Pell grants and federally insured loans).

The first year would require colleges and universities to design and implement a test group of 20 students. They would have redesigned a ‘new’ bachelors’ degree based on 2 and a half years of classes, most being upper division work.

Traditional degree plans are full of electives and basic courses with the theory of making student well rounded individuals. My plan targets students’ specific degree needs not fluff. A bachelor’s degree in psychology or math or whatever, without the electives and some of the basic undergraduate busy work would be the new streamlined degree. The traditional bachelors of Science or Arts would still be available for students that want the traditional college experience. The bachelors of ‘whatever’ would be the slimmed down, specialist degree.

In between the first and second year, I would involve best practices to review and select promising designs.

During the second year, Colleges and universities would implement the best-designed plans to larger test groups. They would continue with their original sample group with modifications as necessary.

The third year would be open enrollment for the first 1000 economically challenged students per school. The overflow for any particular school would be distributed throughout all the schools. Once all the school had their 1000 students, a waiting list would be created.

These pro bono students would have the option of attending school through distance learning situations or physically attending class as traditional students. New electronic books, such as the ‘kindle’, enable distance learning anywhere.

The goal of a more educated population is two fold. The first is physical. People wanting more than the bottom level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs will have that opportunity through educational advancement.

Secondly, a more educated public will demand more common sense from their elected officials. Corrupt politicians fear educated citizens.

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