by Danielle Golab
A new plan created by Obama concerning community college may affect Morton College in the future.
President Obama’s plan for free community college would have a direct impact on Morton College, the institution’s president said.
Obama’s plan would apply to students who attend a community college at least half-time. These students must also achieve and maintain a GPA of 2.5. If students meet this criteria, then their tuition would be removed.
The federal government would pay three-quarters of the cost of college tuition. States who decide to partake in the plan would cover the remaining funds.
Morton College President Dana Grove said he thinks that this will affect all community colleges. He says that enrollment at community colleges will increase.
Although increased enrollment is an advantage to community colleges, there could also be some disadvantage to this. Increased enrollment could also mean increased burdens to community colleges, he said, because it is an open door policy.
This can mean an increase in remedial students and remedial courses. The new plan could also increase a demand for teachers and possibly even more facility space.
Grove guessed that enrollment could increase anywhere between 10 to 20 percent.