Obama says he's looking for ways to keep college costs down
July 24th, 2013
07:29 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama says he's looking for ways to keep college costs down

Warrensburg, Missouri (CNN) - Offering an abbreviated version of the economic address he delivered in Illinois earlier in the day, President Barack Obama addressed a crowd at the University of Central Missouri here Wednesday evening and pointed to the school’s business partnership program as an example of what needs to be done to drive down college costs.

“Here at Central Missouri, you are a laboratory for this kind of innovation,” the president said.

The president and his advisers have announced plans for a series of speeches throughout the fall focusing on issues he sees as crucial to the middle class. At UCM, Obama got a bit more specific about his plans for education.

“I’ve asked my team to shake the trees all across the country for some of the best ideas out there for keeping college costs down, so that as students prepare to go back to school I’m in a position to lay out what’s going to be an aggressive strategy to shake up the system,” Obama told a crowd gathered in the sweaty UCM gymnasium.

Prior to the speech, the president said he spoke with the president of the university, the local superintendent of schools and the head of the community college system about a partnership they’ve developed. Under the partnership the president outlined, local high school students in Lee’s Summit can earn credits toward an associate degree, allowing them to earn a bachelor’s degree at UCM in two years.

The program also has commitments from local health care, engineering, energy and infrastructure firms to hire students, making it easier for them to find jobs upon graduation.

“Everybody’s now working together to equip students with better skills, allow them to graduate faster with less debt and with the certainty of being able to get a job on the other end,” Obama said, praising the program. “That’s a recipe for success over the long term.”

These are the kinds of partnerships the president said he plans on highlighting throughout the fall. While he called on states to invest more in higher education despite budget crunches, he said schools also need to do their part.

“That is exactly the kind of innovation we need when it comes to college costs,” Obama said. “That’s what’s happening right here in Warrensburg. And I want the entire country to notice it. And I want other colleges to take look at what’s being done here.”

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  1. MedStudent

    I'm a medical student and costs of college and medical schools have actually increased in this presidency. No longer are loans subsidized and the interest rates have doubled. I'm not impressed with his repetitive speeches anymore...

    July 24, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    College education ought to be free. It is a business. It is for the progress of the nation.

    July 24, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  3. Evergreen

    Thank you Mr. President for focusing on solving some of our biggest problem. The rising cost of education is definitely a major problem.

    July 24, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    one way is for students too do so is too not eliminate students who will to go unto colleges but are always being turned down by gimmicks of adults or elderly in high offices and too chage those who are not residences over ten years or twenty years charge fee for out of state students also taxes city and state you alsso need too stop the overcharges of costs to college students that includes cost of books per semester also college cut the semesters couses prices cut what it would cost per semester per year ya see not only the cost of colleges but the cost for students too attend so it leaves not the teachers annual salaries but the problem is the colleges head and the yearly building costs and even differential yearly salarys per teacher and then the outrageous unneccesary costs for degrees. another way is those who have four six eight ten years of college s auto graft them into changeing their costs of tuitions meaning four to ten years are to be automatically lower in costs where as beginning too three years are too be way lesser change how colleges are too raise finances its nott through the students nor there parents its the systems that cause greed to infatrate minds over charge and heres where we are now the studenr that has too change also the nations must kickin a up front certain amount per its students unpaid tuitions from outside the USA are earmark deductions and the students that cannot pay tutions are too be given through banks only crredit cards the earmarks are too cover that nations tutions each separate tuitions. foreit on loans are out of earmarks for those states or nations.past due left outstanding also through earmarks.and all past due owed loans are to be dealt with by each college and boards that assigned high rates for all.

    July 24, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  5. Name Uche Agonsi

    A 'wordsmithing orator ' turned innovative guru President. Yes we can. But how far would the Repubs allow the ideas stick.

    July 25, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  6. simplyput

    So now we're devaluing a BA? Is there anything else you want to devalue in the country, Mr. President? Not that there are any jobs for those of us who worked four years for our degrees. You've kind of seen to that. You want the
    country to notice this? You got it. Keep on shakin' those trees for ideas your Harvard degrees didn't buy. You're starting to insult the intelligence of your citizens, sir. You reap what you sow.

    July 25, 2013 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  7. simplyput

    We've gone from *you didn't earn that* to you didn't learn that!

    July 25, 2013 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  8. king

    i never could understand the repubs. we are Americans and Americans need to be in the best situation to run this country, or would we rather the Chinese come over here and run our country for us and take all our secrets back to china. when will these repubs wake up and see that America need to cantor to Americans and not this free for all stuff that they like to push.

    July 25, 2013 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  9. J.V.Hodgson

    Obama has it right the system is what is at fault . the US system is a 4 year BSC and 2 years masters and God knows how long PHD ( Yes stipends kick in for MSc and PHD for the latter your professor has to think a) you contribute to his lab and b) you have an original projects to present that is going somewhere arising from your Masters thesis.
    The major cost reduction without quality loss is:-
    a three year BSc and One year for your masters thesis and MSc which because you get the MSc = your passport onto the PHD course you targeted. Your attendance to lecture must be higher than demanded now and failure on term grade point averages consistently over 2 years gets you kicked out. graduation percentages far to high in US, because in the US its business and we need high grad %ages which mean nothing.
    You fail on your PHD after 3 years your stipend stops and its pay yourself or go get a Job
    The links to local businesses and the type of grads they need to cover stipends to those students the University support are essential.
    Its gotta be harder work to become a smart ass BSc and even harder for an Msc and if you got more than 1-2% Phd's of full professor status, the quality is suffering.

    July 25, 2013 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  10. Richard Long

    What good is a college education when there are no job opportunities after you graduate?

    July 25, 2013 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    Cut these so-called bogus ivy-league schools. Bunch of bogus in USA, no wonder grads from ivy-league not finding jobs too. Paying too much debt.

    July 25, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |