Wellesley President Kim Bottomly Writes about Student Debt Crisis Solutions

July 19, 2012

Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly has made her debut as a regular contributor to Huffington Post College.

In a recent post titled, “Student Debt: A Problem but Not the Problem,” President Bottomly explored the crisis that the U.S. public university system is currently facing, much of which seems to center on student debt.

“Our university system was, in my day, the envy of the world. It is still that way now, but unless we do something to address how our public institutions are funded, our country's competitive edge will decline further… Either education has to genuinely change -- and become a very different product from the one that made us the most competitive nation in the world -- or we need to find some other way of funding it,” she wrote.

Bottomly, who herself attended state-supported schools, offered possible solutions to correct systemic imbalances.

“If we begin to focus on the real problem, more ideas will surface. But we must first recognize how we got here in the first place, and we must be steadfast in our determination to preserve our outstanding public education system.”

Read the entire reflection on The Huffington Post.