Chancellor Responds to America’s College Promise Proposal
College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook released the following statement today in response to President Obama’s America’s College Promise, which proposes that the first two years of college should be tuition-free for American students:
“What an amazing opportunity this would be for a generation of students who likely thought college was out of reach. It creates a clear pathway to a degree or career, and delivers on the promise of the American dream. Eliminating the barrier of tuition will open the doors to a lifetime of opportunities that would never have been possible without a college education.
“From a policy perspective, this is a common-sense, cost-effective proposal. Research clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of community colleges in helping students to succeed academically and be better positioned to earn bachelor’s degrees. We serve far more students, at a far lower cost, than other systems of higher education.
“The president’s proposal would also be a tremendous boon to the economy, ensuring students enter the workforce equipped to work in emerging fields that require technical skills and training. Recent estimates show California alone may face a shortage of 1.5 million qualified workers within 10 years. If enacted, the president’s plan would go a long way toward closing that gap.”
Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook serves as Chancellor of College of the Canyons, which was recently recognized as the second-fastest growing community college of its size in the nation. Dr. Van Hook is the longest-serving community college chief executive officer in California, having led College of the Canyons since 1988.