Bush, Cruz Share Thoughts on Higher Education

July 2, 2015

Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz, two candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, shared thoughts on higher education in the past two days.

Bloomberg described a recent event where Bush was asked about the problem of student debt. Bush said that part of the problem was created by students taking too long to graduate. On campus these days, he said, students have "the French work week. It’s not the kids’ fault." He said that administrators were to blame for considering 12 credits a full course load.

BuzzFeed News interviewed Cruz about, among other things, affirmative action, which the senator opposes. He said that colleges should focus on academic merit and not race, and he said that leading universities are today enforcing "negative quotas" against Asian applicants much the way they once did for Jewish applicants. “We see it now with colleges in California … negative quotas against Asian students because academically they’re excelling," he said.

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