College Board shows that the price of tuition has inflated 278% in the past 30 years, leaving some with crippling loan debt and prospective students with loaded questions about their future. Is cost a barrier for prospective students, not only those coming right out of high school, but for those who want to return as adult learners? How does college readiness influence a prospective student’s ability to make choices about affordability and whether college is right for them? Join American Public Square at Jewell for a panel discussion aiming to explore these questions and more related to cost of college and college readiness. You will hear from higher education experts, those with lived experience, educators, and students.
This program is a combined product of APS’ 2020-2021 High School Student Initiative, featuring student voices from Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, Crossroads Preparatory Academy, and the Barstow School. Students from participating schools began this process in the Fall of 2020 with hands-on lessons about: Civility and Everyday Life, Fake News and Combatting the Spread of Misinformation, and Deliberation versus Debate. These lessons acted as a foundation for a Spring 2021 project-based learning experience where students have developed their own APS Style program about a topic of their choosing.