In the upcoming polls in US both the Presidential candidates views matter a lot for the student’s from India. The alumni and teachers are waiting with anxiety on what they want to implement further to take college or university education in US to a higher peak. What is their stand on educational policies? Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the competing candidates that hold the answer to this inevitable question. It is their view on higher education policy that will decide the fate of the Indian student’s going to the US for MS and B-school enrollment.
The standpoint of Hillary Clinton is available on her campaign websites. She represents a broader perspective for higher education in US. Her focus is on:
- Enhancing computer-science education
- Support to the school alumni, especially teachers
- Change in school discipline with stricter laws
- Improving the present conditions of school buildings
It is clearly evident that on a personal level she wants to be more involved in student education. This is in stark contrast to her counterpart in the Republican Party Donald Trump. Her projection for the future growth of higher education is subsidies to renovated old buildings. She wants to place education on a higher platform. Her idea is to create modern learning, including ecological classrooms with latest state of the art technological brilliance. Video Tutorials, PPTs, more student and trainers interaction, brainstorming sessions and much more. Making higher education a less expensive affair is her targeted goal.
Trump has an altogether slanted view on educational policies. He wants to cut down the role of the federal government. His comments relate to sizing down the Department of Education. This will reflect on less spending on student’s progress. One of his campaign hoardings states that “we spend far more per pupil than any country in the world”. He wants to monopolize higher education, which will have a direct effect on the student visas. This in turn will curb Indian Student’s from gaining admission into the several schools and colleges in US.
- Lowering Federal aid
- More responsibility placed on state administration
- Eyes the unions as a hindrance to growth
- Agrees scholarships increase student debt
The above decisions will invariably play a negative role in student enrollment. Although, he speaks that steps must be taken make college education within the reach of common man. There is no comprehensive plan on his campaign agenda to enhance higher education beneficial for student’s. The student’s, especially the Indians will have to pay a high fee for admissions. This move will bring to halt huge funding to schools and colleges. Staying on university campus will become more expensive. The average budget for each student will rise.
There are mixed reactions among the student’s who are going to US. Their focus is on the outcome of the general elections, which would reveal what budget is allotted for higher education. All the dreams of overseas education is just a mirage that needs to be seen with a 20/20 vision. Ensuring a positive direction to educational goal is mostly anticipated.
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