Obama's Lofty Goals on College Costs Face Long Odds

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In the end, the president can't remake higher education on his own, despite the sweep of proposals he unveiled last week in appearances at Binghamton U. (pictured) and two other campuses. He can only shine a light on its problems, and exhort states and colleges to step up and do more.

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In the end, the president can't remake higher education on his own, despite the sweep of proposals he unveiled last week in appearances at Binghamton U. (pictured) and two other campuses. He can only shine a light on its problems, and exhort states and colleges to step up and do more.

President Obama has promised to "shake up" higher education, and his college-affordability plan, unveiled last week in a speech at the University at Buffalo, would do just that.

If enacted by Congress, his proposals would transform how higher education is financed in