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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Committee to Explore Higher Education Innovation

On Tuesday, July 9 at 10:00 a.m., the House Education and the Workforce Committee, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), will hold a hearing entitled, “Keeping College Within Reach: Improving Higher Education through Innovation.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Over the last decade, college costs have risen dramatically. Annual in-state tuition and fees at public four-year universities cost an average of $4,793 in 2001. Today that price tag is $8,665 – an 81 percent increase. Similar trends can be seen at private institutions and two-year degree programs. Instead of relying on federal interventions and temporary fixes to help reduce college tuition and ease student debt, states, institutions, and private entities are developing innovative ways to offer students a quality education at a more affordable price.

Tuesday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to discuss new initiatives and policies, such as competency-based education, online coursework, and prior learning assessments, that are helping expand higher education access and allowing students to earn a degree more efficiently, while accumulating less debt. To learn more about the hearing, visit /hearings.


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