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February 13, 2013 3:40 PM You’re Welcome, Cash-Strapped Future College Students of America

By Ryan Cooper

During the State of the Union, one part in particular stood out to us here at Monthly HQ. It was during the section on education (starting at about 4:15):

From the transcript:

Through tax credits, grants, and better loans, we have made college more affordable for millions of students and families over the last few years. But taxpayers cannot continue to subsidize the soaring cost of higher education. Colleges must do their part to keep costs down, and it’s our job to make sure they do. Tonight, I ask Congress to change the Higher Education Act, so that affordability and value are included in determining which colleges receive certain types of federal aid. And tomorrow, my Administration will release a new “College Scorecard” that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria: where you can get the most bang for your educational buck.

In our 2012 College Guide issue, we introduced a new metric along precisely these lines. Nice to know President Obama is reading his Monthly.


Ryan Cooper is a National Correspondent at The Week, and a former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @ryanlcooper


  • jkll; on February 13, 2013 4:17 PM:

    The president shined. Such a warm tone with irony and humor, so well-spoken.
    Laughable like an Saturday Night Live skit that the lesser Rubio and Rand Ayn Paul would attempt to top him.
    Just so much humor, drinking the water and the repub koolaid. Buffoons. Self-contradictory nonsense.
    I reside in a college town, and republicans are ridiculed for just existing. Rubio criticized government while saying he couldn't have attended college without it

  • schtick on February 13, 2013 4:28 PM:

    Not for nothing, but I'm getting rather sick of our government having scorecards for everything except themselves.

  • Heather on February 13, 2013 5:31 PM:

    I thought about the College Guide from Washington Monthly when I heard him say that about a college scorecard last night. Well done WM.

  • D Gary Grady on February 13, 2013 9:12 PM:

    I'd suggest one additional criterion: whether the institution's graduates know that the word "criteria" is plural...