Opinion: U.S. must prioritize higher education

Listening to the leaders of our country’s most innovative companies, one of their biggest concerns about investing in America is whether our workforce has the education necessary to power their growth, says Bill Burton, University alumnus and former deputy White House press secretary, for MN Daily. They are finding it increasingly difficult to base all of their operations in the United States because of the lack of specialized high-education workers relative to China, India and others. This shortfall isn’t coincidental; it is the direct result of emerging economies making higher education a national priority. To compete in the 21st century, America must do the same. But, even with tuition increasing by over 5 percent at University of Minnesota, Republicans in Congress have proposed a plan that would contain the largest cuts to college grants in history. It could make 1.7 million students ineligible for Pell Grants…

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