Opinion: Why Governor Snyder is wrong about college access

Elections are amazing things. For some reason, I thought of an address Michigan Governor Rick Snyder gave in front of the West Michigan Policy Forum last fall, says Patrick O’Connor, Associate Dean of College Counseling, Cranbrook-Kingswood School; Author, ‘College is Yours 2.0’.  He reflected on the national effort to make a four-year college education accessible to more Americans by saying he thought the country had “sorta messed up.” At the time he gave the speech, there was a shortage of skilled trade workers, and a great deal of media coverage about the lack of jobs available to recent college graduates. This apparent mismatch of supply and demand was too much for the governor to take, so he summed up the efforts of the college access movement of the last four decades in four simple words: “How dumb is that?”

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