Saint Paul College
This is why we all need to get behind providing educational opportunity for New Americans. As an educational institution
Free K-12 education has never solved all of our children's woes in America, and it won't solve the woes of college students. Life is complex. Humans are complex. Solving the complexities of what might hinder a student from being able to learn and thrive in a college setting is complex.
For public two-year college presidents, who serve nearly 1,400 communities, it is our moral responsibility to provide fearless leadership. We welcome the most vulnerable members of our communities.
Spread the word -- education is worth it, it is necessary. We need every child -- indeed everyone -- to have access to learning in a safe, welcoming and stimulating environment.
Education is not an exclusive commodity to be brokered only to the privileged -- and should not be treated as such. As a public institution we are here to serve everyone. Rich. Poor. Old. Young. That's why intentional partnerships matter.
College matters. Education matters. Having a well-paying and satisfying job matters. Being able to live as free as possible from college debt matters. I don't believe the American dream for most people is to go to the most expensive Ivy League or most prestigious research institution, and then go on to become rich and famous.
Living within our means does not have to translate into "punishing" ourselves with austere self-sacrifice. It does, however
Education isn't just dollars and cents; it goes beyond these finite things. Education fuels and ignites the mind. Ignites the soul. Learning is a transformative experience and there is no way to gauge that against the cost of education
Saint Paul College was once again named one of the best higher education institutions in the U.S.
But as Washington Monthly's web editor Daniel Luzer notes, it's a "vast category of schools that other college guides never
This new reality will have its own moments of elation, of course, but it will include the need for more hard work, more learning, more maturing and more personal and professional growth.
Helping to pay for one's college education adds meaning to life's lessons learned and adds value and context while in higher pursuits. But it's unconscionable to think that just about the only way for someone to go to college full-time is to go into debt with student loans.
The least college ready students deserve the means to secure a bright and rewarding future for themselves just as much as the most college ready students do. We don't just build the bridges -- we ARE the bridge.
Post-secondary education is pivotal to the future employment of our young people and to the health of our region and the economic prosperity of our nation.
We appreciate President Obama's spotlight on community colleges and vocational training. But we must continue to speak out about the measurable and immeasurable value that our 2-year institutions bring to our cities, states and nation.