50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Higher Education Act into law with the objective of making college more accessible and affordable for students. Today, the United States has fallen to 12th in the world in four year degree attainment. Tuition has soared and student loan debt has crossed the $1 trillion mark.
By 2020, President Obama once again wants America to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. What is it going to take to achieve high levels of college graduates in the world. What is it going to take to achieve high levels of college completion? Have we democratized access to higher education? What will lawmakers focus on as they prepare to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year?
National Journal hosted a forum of key stakeholders and experts discussing to what extent we have succeeded in fulfilling the goals of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and what reforms and innovation are needed.