Achieving America's Full Potential

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A quick look around at any city in America shows that society is far from perfect. Few things in life are fair and this is very evident in wealth distribution, the job market, and education. As a whole, America is very reluctant to implement drastic changes to fix problems that plague civilization as a whole. America is not living up to its full potential as a society and something needs to be done to make sure that America remains in a position as a world superpower. A college education should be a right for all people; therefore, college tuition should be completely subsidized as long as students meet a set GPA requirement for the program they are enrolled in and comply with a pre-determined behavioral contract. The debt that comes along with getting a college education often serves as the factor that prevents students from enrolling in college. The average debt of a college student is far too high for certain income groups to be able to even consider college as a viable option. With community colleges charging in the tens of thousands of dollars to attend for a year, the so called "affordable colleges" are becoming less and less affordable for many people. According to a speech delivered by Richard Ekman, the President of the Council of Independent Colleges, at the Metropolitan Club in New York City, "after the financial meltdown of 2008, the situation took yet another turn. State governments became less able to support public universities. Tuition charges went up to close the gap. Meanwhile, private colleges and universities, most with small endowments, have earned low rates of returns on their investments, meaning they have trouble supporting lower- income students, who require financial aid." Mr. Ekman hits the n... ... middle of paper ... ...TION." Vital Speeches of the Day 79.12 392-396. MasterFILE Primier. Web. 12 Jan 2014. Fogg, Piper. "Number Of U.S. Doctorates Awarded Falls, But Women Gain In Share Total." Chronicle Of Higher Education 49.13 (2002): A13. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 12 Jan. 2014. Hayden, Tom. "We Can't Afford To Be Quiet About The Rising Cost Of College." Chronicle Of Higher Education 56.29 (2010): B4. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 12 Jan. 2014. Iams, Howard M., and Patrick J. Purcell. "SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME MEASUREMENT IN TWO SURVEYS." Social Security Bulletin 73.3 (2013): 1-10. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 12 Jan 2014. Magner, Denise K. "9 in 10 Americans Say People Can't Afford College.." Chronicle of Higher Education37.7 (1990): A2. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 12 Jan 2014. White, Rachel. "The debt crisis no one is talking about."Cosmopolitan 254.2 158 161. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 12 Jan 2014.

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