Addressing what he calls a “growing opportunity gap” between people with and without advanced educations, Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for state-accredited alternatives to four-year colleges and income-based repayments for college loans.
The Florida senator and possible 2016 Republican presidential contender also says Congress should establish an independent accrediting agency to assess free courses offered over the Internet and elsewhere as transferrable credits.
“Those with the right advanced education are making more than ever. But those that do not are falling farther and farther behind,” Rubio said at an education forum at Miami Dade College. “The result is a growing opportunity gap between haves and have-nots, those who have advanced education and those who do not.”
College students, he added, also should be offered cost-benefit analyses comparing how much they can expect to earn in a particular field to how much they will owe after earning a degree in the subject. <Read more.>