America’s College Promise: Examining Congressional Standstill from a Federal and Local Perspective

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2018-07-11
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In 2015, President Obama introduced America’s College Promise (ACP), an initiative to increase accessibility to higher education in the United States. With this federal proposal Obama made an effort to make college as universal as high school, but he could not gather enough supporters in Congress. Why did Congress not support the initiative? In this thesis, I examine the responses from the federal government and local stakeholders to find out what caused the current stagnation. The thesis concludes that while partisanship seems to limit the chances for the ACP to succeed on the federal level, party consensus is present on a local level. Hence, it is not merely a matter of party preference or institutional scope. Rather, the federal discussion and legislation on the ACP came to a stop because of complex dynamics in both the institutional and ideological coordinate system.
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