Backlash to "college for all" heats up, again, thanks to the recession and presidential election. The counter-narrative sells in the media, and could hurt public funding of colleges.
The Presidential Race
The presumptive Republican nominee proposes loosening regulations on for-profit colleges, returning to bank-based student lending and consolidating federal grant programs.
A survey suggests the 2012 electorate in swing states cares more about education than it does about the deficit or taxes.
So far, the Republican front-runner has said little about colleges. But as governor, he quarreled with the UMass president, and more recently he has praised for-profit colleges.
Republican candidate repeats claim that Obama is "snob" for wanting all Americans to go to college, but in 2006 he seemed to endorse the same idea. And in 2008, he said Satan had his greatest success in academe.
Mitt Romney singled out the university while praising for-profits as cost-effective. Full Sail graduates 78 percent of its students, but is it really the better value Romney suggested?
Romney gets scrutiny for praise of for-profit college led by campaign donor. Biden angers faculty by suggesting their salaries force tuition up. Gingrich attacks fluency in French.
Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich is unique in the field for his academic past -- and for some of the ideas he has put forward.
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