August 17, 2009
Speaking to students at a round-table discussion at the University of Virginia, Republican Bob McDonnell stressed the importance of college affordability. The candidate for governor wants colleges and universities in Virginia to award 100,000 more degrees over the next 15 years, a goal he believes is within reach once the state invests more money in higher education.
"The goal of the next governor is to be able to address more access to our colleges at a more reasonable price. The studies that I've seen really indicate that long term investments in higher education pay for themselves because the college graduate will often make two to three times as much money as the high school graduate and will use less social services," said McDonnell.
McDonnell praised one program at the UVa Darden School of Business for its ability to save money. The new pilot program of the Kindle, an electronic reading device created by Amazon, will let students download books instead of purchasing them in store. The Kindle program is an option McDonnell says will help the environment and keep the green in students' wallets.
"I'm a history major, so we have to buy six or seven books per class and it’s all running us $20 to $70 each," said 4th year student, Stephen Finley.
McDonnell believes the device could save students as much as $1,500 over four years. The Kindle program is something McDonnell, as governor, would try to expand to other schools around the Commonwealth.
As for where the money for higher education will come from, McDonnell supports auditing agencies like Medical Assistant Services and VDOT.
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