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August 05, 1993

It seems apparent that the state's position on higher education has changed for the worse. A letter from my local community college, explaining the new tutition breakdown for students with baccalaureate degrees as opposed to students without, has caused me to rethink my position on extended education programs. Throughout life, we are taught the benefits of completing any job started. Unfortunately, graduates have the misfortune of following an outdated philosophy. The state has determined that graduates will be charged $50 per unit, while non-graduates $13, thus making the averge class cost $150 for graduates and only $39 for the non-grad.

Of course, our goverment would have us believe that will help combat academic waste. Regrettably, I can only see academic discrimminaton. I must point out the waste in monies incurred due to students who never complete their academic goals.

Unfortunately, during these harsh economic times, more and more graduates find themselves taking college classes for up-to-date training. Thus, corporate justification to further train graduates will be in part influenced by the dollar amount saved to train a non-graduate. MARTIN R. JESPERSEN Buena Park

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