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- Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents John Carey;
- Bruce Johnson, president of the Inter-University Council, which advocates for the state’s public universities;
- Richard Vedder, Ohio University economics professor and Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity;
- Aaron Calafato, an actor and co-founder of Student Debt Crisis, which advocates to reduce student debt; and
- State. Rep. Mike Foley, co-sponsor of a proposed, yet-to-be-filed bill that would create a pilot program allowing students to attend college for free and then repay the state a percentage of their income after graduation.
Among the topics tackled:
- Does everyone really need a four-year college degree?
- Does Ohio have a problem with college affordability?
- Are fancy dorms making college more expensive?
On that last point, here’s what Chancellor John Carey said:
One of the things that’s changed since I went to college at Ohio University many years ago is the facilities and what’s expected when you go to college. I mean, when I was in a dorm room it wasn’t air-conditioned, we didn’t have Wi-Fi or flat screen TVs and those types of things.
But now with the technology that’s available, the facilities that are needed to provide that service are much more expensive to develop and there’re also more expensive to maintain.
You can listen to the show here.