WKU President Gary Ransdell believes a White House plan to make community college free has little chance of becoming reality.
In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Obama announced a plan to offer two years of tuition-free community college to students who maintained certain academic standards.
The effort would cost about $60 billion over ten years, with the federal government picking up three-quarters of the cost, and states paying for the rest.
Speaking to WKU Public Radio during a break in Friday's Board of Regents meeting, Ransdell said that’s an unsustainable model.
“There’s no way I can be advocate for Kentucky putting money into that and continuing to cut higher education for the public universities."
Ransdell said he understands that the technical and associate’s degrees that many community college graduates earn help drive the manufacturing sector.
“But the reality is, it’s bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees that drive the economy, and those are the people who are the decision-makers with the intellectual skills that go into driving the economy.”