University president raises questions about free community college plan

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February 26, 2015

Briar Cliff University senior reacts to comment during confirmation retreat at Sioux City, Iowa, campus

Briar Cliff University senior Jacob Rosenmeyer reacts to a comment from one of the members of his small group during a Feb. 8 confirmation retreat for area students at the Sioux City, Iowa, campus of the Catholic college. (CNS photo/Jerry L. Mennenga, Catholic Globe)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (CNS) — Briar Cliff University President Bev Wharton agrees with economist Milton Friedman’s 1975 book, “There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch,” when it comes to President Barack Obama’s proposal of free community college.

“I do not believe that offering free college to everyone, regardless of financial position, is in the best interest of higher education or our country,” she said.

Obama’s plan, revealed in a series of speeches in January — including the State of the Union address — would offer two years of free community, or technical college, to students who go at least half-time, maintain a 2.6 grade point average and make progress toward a degree. The idea is to make higher education accessible to all — at an estimated cost of $60 billion over a decade.

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