Duncan Seeks Feedback During #StuVoice Twitter Chat

The voice of students has never been more critical to education than it is today. We know that our young people’s capacity to influence society cannot be underestimated, which is why Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his team are dedicated to listening to students’ ideas and concerns. We know that youth are concerned about the quality of their education, getting in and paying for college, and finding a good-paying job.


Secretary Arne Duncan regularly meets with students during school and classroom visits, but also in discussions at the Department of Education headquarters in Washington.

Last year, President Obama directed the Department of Education to develop a ratings system to identify colleges that provide a good value and to increase college affordability information available to students. Over the past several months we have been getting feedback from across the country, but it’s important that we get this right.

On January 13, 2014, Secretary Duncan will be moderating a special one-hour #stuvoice Twitter chat to get feedback from students on how we can keep college affordable and how the Administration’s college rating system can be useful for students and families.

What: #StuVoice Twitter Chat with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

When: 8:30pm EST Monday January 13, 2014

Where: Follow the Twitter conversation starting at 8:30pm on Jan. 13, with the #stuvoice hashtag and follow @ArneDuncan and @Stu_Voice.

Your voice is important, and even if you can’t make the Twitter chat, please don’t hesitate to leave feedback in the comments below.

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 Cameron Brenchley is director of digital strategy at the U.S. Department of Education


  1. Thanks to Secretary Arne Duncan for speaking with students tonight. We really appreciate the time that he took our to respond to as many tweets as he could. However, YNC would like a response from Secretary Duncan if he supports establishing a student member on the board of education.

    YNC Staff

  2. A focus on affordability should not restrict the focus to current and future students, but should also consider former students who are now in repayment. If those of us in our 20’s and 30’s have no way of coping with the amount of debt with which we are saddled (50% or more of our income), the economy will not survive long enough to support the new generations of students. Of particular importance are consumer protections for those with private student loans. My husband and I will never be able to buy a home or start a family as a result of our insurmountable debt.

    One idea that I would like to pose is a tax-sheltered repayment option, which could be employer sponsored, similar to an FSA or HSA, for the repayment of student loans. This would greatly reduce the burden of education debt, and significantly stimulate the economy.

  3. I am a public school teacher and the mother of a college student.
    When I was receiving my college education, it cost my parents 3% of their annual salary. It is costing me 50%. Why such disproportionate numbers? Universities are taking advantage of student funds.
    I do not understand why Sallie Mae loans will not allow you to pay down the loan balance; all prepayments go towards interest only.

  4. For the past decade, economists have debated why the cost of college continues to rise in this country. Some blame it on the regulators, the banks, the student loan providers or even the colleges themselves… But, WHO ultimately pays for college? WHO makes the final decision? There is an underlying issue that continues to be overlooked in this country …
    WE, AS INDIVIDUALS, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST OF COLLEGE! We live in a country that does NOT force us to do anything. We have the freedom to choose whatever we think is right and ultimately, what makes us sleep well at night. My suggestion is to take a step back and to REALLY look at why the cost of college continues to rise…. Do the regulators, the banks and the student loan providers have anything to do with it? – Yes, they play a part…. BUT, WE ARE THE ONES THAT PAY FOR COLLEGE! AND ULTIMATELY, WE ARE THE REASON COLLEGE IS SO EXPENSIVE.
    Elementary economics teaches that SUPPLY & DEMAND drive the PRICE for a particular service or product. When it comes to College, WE ARE THE DEMAND. WE ARE THE CONSUMER! AND IF WE CHANGE, THE PRICE OF COLLEGE WILL CHANGE! Said another way, if we stopped stretching to pay such high prices for college or borrowing at alarmingly high rates to pay for college, then the cost of college would have to change … because we changed!

  5. How long before most states opt out of the Common Core? Why has Obama bribed states by offering up serious $$$ for Common Core to be adopted? These states are now realizing the mistake and most will be opting out. How do you plan to deal with this disaster in education?

  6. The schools are not getting any better, many reason or factors could be made, but I believe as a student says the lack of motivation and strictness. Most students have no respect for their teachers and some drop out at a young age. Education is all about preparing us for the future and some students don’t understand that. I know some students at my school who takes Free Education for grate. Why? We’ll they believe with a job like MC Donald’s is enough, but they don’t how much more they can do for themselves. Some teachers left off the late work, like my AP Lang teacher has this new process of late work and it’s so reasonable. Other classes seem that the students run the teachers and it shouldn’t be like that. If our staff and teachers would force the rules more or motivate the students more then maybe (hope it would) our State wouldn’t be in a poor shape. Nevada is rank last in Education ( I live there) this makes me very disappointed to be in a State that has FREE EDUCATION and be last place over other countries that beat United States by a mile. I’m not saying Free Education is bad, I’m saying that most US students take this wonderful opportunity for grate and I don’t think this is right. Other countries have a better education, for example, China bow down to their Sensei (teachers) everyday. This is a good sign of respect not saying that US has to follow that, but I am saying that students should show them that they are here to learn and not just waste time.
    In the end, what the outcome could be is the decision upon Congress and Mr. Duncan, so please take in consideration to my advice and make a difference. Please and Thank You for everything that United States has done for those students that contributed to the US. Bye and have a pleasant evening to everyone.

  7. I think there should be more communication to students about community college and the money that can be saved even if doing your liberal arts there and transferring to a 4 yr. Also, high schools should provide more information on the expense of private colleges verse public and explain that student assistance is not all free money! If schools can’t help, maybe the government can help by funding outside agencies. Explain before hand how not to mess up your funding.

  8. Thanks to Secretary Duncan to engage with students and the public at large with his account. The time and effort invested into this activity is essential for a leader to know the real needs of the people.

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