Colleges must stop holding student transcripts hostage

I won’t pretend the college debt crisis I wrote about in aGlobe Magazine cover story last month will be easy to solve. Tackling most of the problems I highlighted will demand lots of money, brainpower, and perseverance, and even then resolution may be elusive.

But there’s one particularly troubling problem that could be solved immediately by any college president interested in exercising moral leadership. It involves the widespread but largely overlooked practice of colleges holding official transcripts hostage, denying students access to the credits they’ve already earned and paid for, simply because of an unpaid balance associated with just a few additional credits. This needs to stop.

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