Who Has a Stake in Obama’s Free Community-College Plan?
President Obama’s proposal to make community college free is getting an enthusiastic reception from two-year colleges and their advocates across the nation. Not surprisingly, though, representatives of other higher-education sectors aren’t quite so bullish. One of their greatest fears: that the plan, if enacted, could end up pushing a large number of students away from their institutions and into community colleges.
Here’s a look at several groups of institutions with something at stake—and at how they’ve responded to the proposal.