Jonathan Plucker, Professor and Parent
I favor bold policy initiatives, so I would love to see this be attempted, at least on a smaller scale in a few different spots around the country to see how it works (most trials up to this point have been very limited). And I completely understand where it's coming from, both from a wow-is-college-getting-expensive perspective and based on research suggesting that money is a big (if not THE big) impediment to both enrolling in and completing a college degree. But like the other commentators, I worry about the details - not that they'll be deal-breakers, but that the one common characteristic of any policy is that it has unintended consequences. Sometimes those unexpected outcomes are positive, but most are usually negative. We need to have much more discussion about what the unintended consequences are, and how they can be addressed upfront.