Chancellor supports free-college plan

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In an op-ed published today by The Chronicle of Higher Education, State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher discusses the potential of Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton’s “free college” proposal and holds up successful New York programs as models. It is her second opinion piece on the topic published by national higher education media.

Read Chancellor Zimpher’s op-ed here: http://chronicle.com/article/Free-College-The-US-Should/237467

“Hillary Clinton’s stance on public higher education — that every American student should be able to graduate from college debt free and, in millions of cases, tuition free — marks the first time that such a bold, expansive proposal has been put forth by a presidential nominee,” Chancellor Zimpher writes.

“For all of the headway New York has made in addressing these challenges, we — and every state — could do so much more if federal policies emulated the already effective state programs that are cutting college costs and student debt.

“If the United States wants to have the most educated work force in the world, both state and federal governments must step up investments in good policy and proven tools.”

Chancellor Zimpher points to the success of New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program as well as rational tuition policy, SUNY Smart Track, and the university system’s Completion Agenda as models to consider at the federal level.

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