Updated Sep 25, 2012 - 9:07 pm
Arizona State University president Michael Crow supports DREAM Act
Arizona State University president Michael Crow said he is in favor of the DREAM Act, doesn't believe college is for everyone and thinks ASU is a cost effective institution.
Crow told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Mac & Gaydos Tuesday he believes it is in the country's best interest to find a way to help those students who came into this country illegally get on the right path.
"If you're in the country in an undocumented way and you came as a child, I support the DREAM Act, which has defined a pathway for those particular children that arrived through the decisions of their parents to get on the right track," Crow said.
ASU's president knows there are hurdles to finding illegals gainful employment after graduation, but he acknowledged those are issues congress and the president are working out.
"I think that a lot of people are trying to find ways to help those kids to find a way to move forward, particularly those that want to serve in the military, those that want to be beneficial to the rest of society, those that view themselves as Americans and want a part of everything that America has to offer.
"I am supportive of trying to find a way for them to be put on the right track," Crow said.
As for students who are in fact in this country legally, Crow said it is imperative they have fast access to their green card to help stimulate the economy.
"I support anyone in the United States legally that graduates from college to, if they came from another country, to get a green card so that they can get right into the workforce and to help us advance our economy," Crow explained.
Despite Crow's views on the DREAM Act, he doesn't feel college is necessary for everyone.
"It's something that what we're hoping for is to get everyone graduated from high school and about half of everybody that graduates from high school goes on to some kind of post-secondary education," Crow stated.
He dispelled the notion that SAT scores indicate roughly 60 percent of students are unprepared for college by saying the goal is to get 50 percent of the population enrolled in college.
"We are within 10 percent of the target which is a much more positive way to look at it and a much more realistic way of looking at it, as opposed to 60 percent are incapable," Crow said. "It's not that they are incapable, it's that you don't need everyone going on to colleges and universities."
But for those students who do find themselves on the college track, Crow assures them that ASU will remain an affordable option for them.
"We're committed to making certain that as an undergraduate, you've got access to the institution regardless of your family income," Crow said.
He said more than half of ASU's student population graduates with no debt, saying it's been steady over the last six or seven years despite the recession.
"I think the message I'd like people to hear out there is that we are available to help students to figure out and families to figure out how to get in and out of the institution with a minimal financial impact," Crow said.