Rubio to propose higher education overhaul

By MICHAEL J. MISHAK

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio is addressing what he calls a "growing opportunity gap" between people with and without advanced educations.

The possible 2016 Republican presidential contender is calling on Monday for state-accredited alternatives to four-year colleges and income-based repayments for college loans.

Rubio also says Congress should establish an independent accrediting agency to assess free courses offered over the Internet and elsewhere as transferrable credits.

And he says college students should be offered cost-benefit analyses comparing how much they can expect to earn in a particular field to how much they will owe in getting a degree in the subject.

Rubio is unveiling the proposals at an education forum at Miami Dade College.

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