From one college professor to the Free republic group. I disagree with this professor at John Hopkins. I, too, teach political science and educate my students about the value of limited government; constitutional republic and free-markets.
Let me say why I’m opposed beyond just the immoral aspects of granting money to students to go to college and not do anything to pay it back. A lot of college students are apathetic and use financial aid for basic living expenses. These funds are designed to PAY FOR a student to earn a college degree, not to be an income stream.
From my vantage point - more federal money inflates the cost of an education and lowers the quality of education in many ways. Students don’t believe they have to put forth an effort, instead, they think attend and a degree is handed to them. In their world a degree equals a great job and salary with no work.
Students at my institution are apathetic, ignorant and ill prepared to handle college course work. A right to a college degree only cheapens the college degree that others have really struggled to earn.