5 ways to increase college affordability

Recommendations include increased high school partnerships and decreased credit requirements

college-affordabilityA New Jersey college has issued a report that recommends a number of changes to make college more affordable and easier to complete. The report also identifies ways to give students the skills they need to succeed in the workforce.

The report from Stockton College’s Higher Education Strategic Information and Governance Project (HESIG) offers policy recommendations and a “tool kit” of best practices for New Jersey colleges and state policy makers to help narrow the “achievement gap” for college-bound students, and to add value to the college outcomes.

It was underwritten in part by a grant from the ETS Center for Advocacy and Philanthropy, with support from the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy, Stockton Polling Institute and New Jersey City University.

The 2014 initiative, titled “Finding Solutions, Building Public Trust in an Era of Change,” engaged citizens and executives on the role of higher education in helping to secure the long-term prosperity of the state. The HESIG project accomplished this by: convening two “executive roundtable” forums of state leaders from business, education, government, the media; and conducting a statewide survey of citizens to test the support for needed educational change to increase college value. The roundtables were held at Stockton College and New Jersey City University.

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Laura Ascione