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Funding of higher education; Administration of higher education

Section 1.
While basic education is that which is minimally necessary for a person to be a moderately functioning citizen and worker in our complex society, we recognize that higher education yields even greater benefits, both to the person and to their society. First, it makes one a well-rounded and more understanding citizen, capable of imagining and designing a better future for all of us. Second, it makes one a much more productive worker, capable of delivering much more value to themself and to others. Third, it helps one be a better friend, parent, mentor, and coworker by developing in them a fuller perspective of life.
     As such, because we collectively value these outcomes, we find it a worthy to fund the higher education of our citizens and permanent residents. The amount of this funding should be in the amount of 10% of the GDP per capita to each citizen and permanent resident for 10 years, starting with their completion of basic education, after which it would be 3%, to encourage their continuing education.

Section 2.
One of the most important aspects of gaining a higher education is that it helps one develop the ability to make big decisions with long lasting impacts. As such, the administration of the “education stipend” should be left entirely to each person, with the freedom to spend it as they prefer, whether that be on arts, sciences, professional training, living expenditures, recreation, or anything else. The only mechanism for regulating this stipend would be its disbursement being on a quarterly basis, to signify its special purpose and so that the recipient is not inclined to treat it as a living stipend.
     Furthermore, with the individual being empowered to select the educational institution of their preference, we should privatize all state owned or operated institutions of higher education. As such, all colleges and universities would be owned and operated privately, whether for profit or not for profit. The one significant regulation of institutions of higher education necessary to mention here is that institutions with 46 or more graduates per year are to maintain a space for the expression of free speech in a central location with high foot-traffic, which would be open to the public.
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