USA, university education too expensive: Obama announces a reform to be achieved by 2015
The universities in the United States becomes more and more a luxury for the few and the middle class, already struggling with the consequences of the economic crisis, can no longer afford the fees are too expensive. President Barack Obama knows this and has launched a new battle to reform, to be implemented by 2015, with the goal of making higher education accessible to as many students as possible.
According to data released by the White House, despite the measures taken in time, the fees of colleges and universities continue to rise, with average increases of more than 250 percent over the past three decades and today a private university costs an average of 24 thousand dollars per ‘year (but for the most prestigious have to cough up more than 100 thousand), while a public university around 12 thousand. The problem is that in the same amount of time the revenues grew by only 16 percent. The solution to meet the costs of the university is asking for a loan, so the United States each student gets to graduate with an average of 26 thousand dollars in debt to pay.
The problem with universities too expensive is very dear to President Obama, who described it as a “economic precedence” for the U.S. and recently in Buffalo announced a reform in three points to solve it. The first is the development of a new evaluation system , based on the quality of teaching and costs, which will serve as a new criterion for the distribution of federal aid (U.S. $ 150 billion per year), to date mostly allocated on the basis of number of subscribers. The second point involves investments in technology and computer science, with the promotion of courses via the Internet, much cheaper than those in the classroom. The third one concerns the creation of a system whereby the students, once graduated, do not pay more than 10 percent of their salary to cover the debts incurred to finance their studies.
By 2015 the reform Obama to address the high cost of universities in the U.S. should enter into force and many American families are already beginning to hope for. But what to do in the meantime? In this regard, a few days ago Los Angeles Times suggested to the young Americans a different way to get around the mega lines: to consider the European universities , much cheaper and less competitive.