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The Biden Administration’s Proposed Higher Education Policies

Published Sep 30, 2021

By Rebecca Kelliher

The Biden-Harris administration from the start proposed sweeping higher education policies that many advocates praised as long overdue and much needed to tackle equity issues that the pandemic brought to the fore.

Months later, Congress this week, has been debating a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill with key higher education provisions, such as plans for two years of tuition-free community college. But many experts say that these policies have not yet gone far enough in realizing some of the Biden administration’s most ambitious reforms.

“The Biden-Harris administration has been clear from the beginning that they will focus on racial and socioeconomic equity. That shines through in proposals like the College Completion Fund,”

“Institutions need additional capacity, both technological and human, to get students across the finish line, to implement the policies and practices at meeting them where they are. And students need support for a variety of expenses, not just tuition, such as broadband and childcare access. There’s a recognition of the student as a full individual and their full experience in college. There is great reason for optimism.” –Mamie Voight

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