Marco Rubio Wants to Reform Higher Education

"We have an outdated, antiquated higher education system which basically says you either go to college for four years, borrow a bunch of money for courses that may no longer be relevant, or you don't go to school at all."

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Sources: Rubio campaign website, Rubio Soundcloud website

The Context: During Marco Rubio’s trip to Iowa, education reform rode shotgun. Rubio has branded himself as a forward-looking, innovation-centric candidate demanding our country take advantage of the technological abilities we have developed. Often referring to the American university system as a “cartel,” Rubio explains that the traditional four-year university system lacks competition and alternatives. He proposes that a college degree, should not serve as the only certificate of one's readiness to join the work force. Instead, the focus should shift toward "acquiring learning,” whether from the military or by "packaging courses from 15 different institutions.” Rubio argues that diversifying credentials would also help lower the overall cost of education which remains prohibitively expensive for many Americans. In 2012, Rubio proposed the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act which aims to offer open-sourced data to students preparing for college, better equipping them to understand how much they will owe in student loans after college and how much they can expect to earn given their course of study.

Rubio, along with many other candidates, are speaking out about education reform and investment and its importance to our country and future generations. Knowing this, we asked

What is the rate of student loan defaults per school among those participating in the Title IV student financial assistance programs?