Scott says Obama 'late to the party' on higher ed costs
The title of the press release says it all: "President Obama is late to the party on making higher education more affordable, but we're glad he's here."
Obama spent the day talking up a new proposal to rate colleges based on affordability metrics like student debt, graduation rates and the kinds of salaries they earn after receiving a degree. The Board of Governors, which oversees Florida's public universities, is in the process of finalizing a performance funding initiative that will rely on some of these same indicators.
Obama also wants to increase a program that caps loan debt for students from poor families, and he proposes tying student financial aid to their academic progress. As he completed a bus tour of three college campuses, Scott issued his press release that mentioned some of the other things underway here in Florida.