More degrees for the dollar?

Productivity push could hurt community colleges in U.S. News, by me, looks at how the push to control college costs could affect community colleges, which are strong on affordability but weak on productivity or dollars-per-degree.

In National Journal’s college cost containment discussion, Lumina Foundation‘s Jamie Merisotis calls for “productivity improvement” to increase “the number of high-quality degrees and certificates produced, at lower costs per degree awarded, while improving access and equity for the least well-served populations.”

That will require rethinking the entire system of grants and loans, improving data analysis and changing from a seat-time system “to one based on learning,” Merisotis writes.