Colleges are coming up with more and more expenses called lab fees that are not covered by Pell Grants. These fees are for upkeep of equipment, classroom supplies, and printing cost. Student printing cost often excesses the small dollar amount allotted to students at the beginning of each term. Students are forces to pay for printing out of pocket each term.
Standardized exams were a failure in our K-12 system. Making colleges an extension of that failed policy will do nothing to improve the quality of the future workers who enter the workforce. If anything standardized, exams will do more harm than good at preparing our students for the workforce. The answer for how to better train our workforce will come with advanced training of our educators with more creative ways of teaching their classes. We need to teach students that they are responsible for their educational outcomes. We need to raise the expected achievement level to encourage students to perform at higher levels without moving the bar out of their reach entirely.