Professor Robert Howell
21 October 2015
The Rise and Fall of College Tuition in the United States
In the recent debate regarding the implementation of free college tuition across the United States, Jon Wiener, a Los Angeles journalist for The Nation, and Kelly Field, chief Washington reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education who covers different federal education policies, discuss why college tuition should be abolished in the United States of America and the role of both Democratic and Republican parties on the debate. In the article, “It’s Time to End Tuition at Public Universities - and Abolish Student Debt,” published by the Nation in March 2015, Jon Wiener annotates the crippling debt that college…show more content… Wiener and Field have left me inspired. It is time to end college tuition across the United States once and for all.
Jon Wiener is a journalist and historian who bases his work in Los Angeles where he is contributing editor for The Nation. Wiener has a Ph. D from Harvard, where he began writing for a school newspaper in the late 1960s called The Old Mole, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton. Wiener currently works as an United States History professor at the University of California, Irvine.
In the article, “It’s Time to End Tuition at Public Universities - and Abolish Student Debt”, published by the Nation in March 2015, Jon Wiener discusses reasonings behind the actions of implementing free college tuition across the entire United States. Wiener analyzes many different claims such as the surprising cost of college tuition and the alarming rate of which college tuition costs are rising. Wiener claims that nearly two-third of college graduates are dealing with roughly $29,000 in student-loan debt. He uses these statistics to scare the readers of his article with the underlying truth. Wiener wants to make sure that he gets the point across to his audience. Wiener also ties in the United State government’s effort into his work. He discusses the humongous amount of money that is put into college tuition already: “The US government already spends lots of money on student aid. Federal spending in 2014. the College Board reports, includes $47 billion