In West Virginia, Free Community College Would Come With a Drug Test

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Media Outlet: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Kim Dancy was quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the free community college proposal in West Virginia:

“If you’re trying to create a culture of college-going, then providing everyone with the opportunity to go to college is a great way to do that,” said Kim Dancy, a senior policy analyst at New America. “But the more you impose different restrictions, the less effective it’s going to be.”

Dancy also expressed concern about how the state would continue to fund the program beyond the initial investment. Senator Carmichael said lawmakers were considering ways to limit the expense, such as means testing, but until a final determination is made, they will fund it with general revenue.

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Kim Dancy is a senior policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She works with the higher education team, where she conducts original research and data analysis on higher education issues, including federal funding for education programs.