Equity, excellence, and innovation: Arne Duncan on how the federal government can help the US education system amid the pandemic

Equity, excellence, and innovation: Arne Duncan on how the federal government can help the US education system amid the pandemic

According to a new report, first-year college enrollment for this semester had fallen by 16%, and overall undergraduate enrollment dropped about 4%. Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined Yahoo Finance to discuss what can be done to help the state of higher education amid the pandemic. Duncan tells Yahoo Finance that he hopes that college enrollment reduction is just a “one-time hit” amid the pandemic. “Lots of young incoming freshmen are taking a gap year … so I don’t see that lasting. I hope that doesn’t last. What’s going to change in terms of higher ed, a couple of things. I think this is challenging for all of us, higher ed and K-12 as well,” Duncan said. “What should stay online? What should stay virtual, what gets better delivered? Is it more effective, more efficient online versus in person? How do we continue, to reduce the cost of college? How do we make it more affordable for young people and families who are struggling before with the cost of college?,” he asked. Duncan tells Yahoo Finance that so many families are struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and he believes that making education more affordable and accessible is the key to turning things around for millions of Americans. “And so many families have taken a huge financial hit through the pandemic. How do we make things more affordable, more accessible for them? So in a really dark time, I think we’ll see more innovation. I think we’ll ...
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