75% of budget from state. Today, it's about 50%. • 23% of low-income sophomores worked a job between the hours of 10pm-8am. • Survey at 10 community colleges (4312 students responding): 1 in 5 students was hungry, 13% were homeless. • 50-80% of sticker price comes from non-tuition costs. • More than 3 in 4 students attend colleges within 50 miles of their homes. Esp. true for low-income and minority students. • The average net price for a year at community college equals 40% of a low-income family's annual income. • A year at public university ranges from 16-25% of a middle-class family's annual income. • 60% of Americans ages 25-64 don't have a college credential, but 22% of them earned credits trying to get one.
It gives them the ability to work on the Web and with the Web, to have their scholarship be meaningful and accessible by others. It allows them to demonstrate their learning to others beyond the classroom walls. To own one’s domain gives students an understanding of how Web technologies work. It puts them in a much better position to control their work, their data, their identity online.” ~Audrey Watters
growth. You learn to expand your returns. We do not post our “homework” to a hidden, school controlled website. We share our work for all of the world to see. This idea of owning your own domain allows you to be confident in your work and take responsibility for what you are learning, how you make connections in the world, and how you share your knowledge. Academic settings need to work on sharing each other’s work, and being engaged in the world outside of classroom walls. Madison Roberge from I’m not graduating “on time” & that is OK.
a way that I had been seriously missing in my experience in higher education. It allows for non-traditional pedagogical approaches to learning that spark a fire in students who are sick of typical classroom structure. You probably know what kind of structure I’m talking about – memorizing vocab words to do well on weekly quizzes, submitting assignments to Moodle that disappear when you graduate, meaningless engagement with the work we produce. It really makes university kind of drag. We want to be doing work that’s relevant to us. Becca Roberts
gained the attention of a microgreens farm in Denver and sent them my resumé – fingers crossed! My future seems really bright. This summer, I’ll be working at an organic permaculture farm and medicinal mushroomery in Oregon. I will be taking “Intro to Permaculture” at PSU next spring and I’m excited to be introduced to it outside, first. As far as the mushroomery goes, I will be involved in the whole process: culturing, drying out, and making into powders and tinctures. I took a class on mushrooms in Fall 2017, and had previously learned much about their medicinal properties through other work I’ve done. Part of my business someday will very likely be mushroom-related, so I’m sure this experience will help me gain needed skills. Becca Roberts
Story Private Benefits: • ⬆ employment fringe benefits • ⬇ unemployment • ⬆ health • ⬇ disability • ⬇ imprisonment • ⬆ life satisfaction • Better marriage • 25% ⬇ mortality rate • Life expectancy ⬆ from 74 to 81 partially passed to children! External Benefits • Productivity spillover in regional income • Greater CEP means greater tax revenues • Reduction of need for public assistance • Lowered crime and reduction in dollar value of harm to crime victims Philip Trostel