January 19, 2013
Re "Brown prods UC, Cal State to streamline," Jan. 16, and "Micromanaging the UCs," Editorial, Jan. 17 Gov. Jerry Brown is one of the finest state chief executives in the history of the United States. But in calling on the University of California and California State University systems to offer more teaching and online courses and do less research, he should be careful that he doesn't throw out the baby with the bathwater. The best teaching in the sciences is student involvement in research.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2012 |
The number of eligible California high school graduates entering the state's public four-year universities has plunged in the last five years, as budget-strapped institutions increasingly adopt practices to reduce enrollment, a new study has found. At University of California and California State University campuses, enrollment rates dropped by one-fifth, to fewer than 18% of all state high school graduates in 2010, from about 22% in 2007. The report, released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, found that these declines have occurred even as demand has risen: The number of high school graduates in California reached an all-time high of 405,000 in 2010; the number of seniors who completed college admission requirements increased dramatically, as did the number of students taking and passing Advanced Placement exams.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1999
Re "Underappreciated and Unrepresented, With Nowhere to Turn," by Craig Smith, Commentary, April 12: In his 13 months with the system, Chancellor Charles Reed has been a tremendous advocate for the California State University. And, whether the faculty acknowledge it, Reed has been their champion in Sacramento. All of us with responsibility for running the CSU appreciate the outside service and academic responsibilities of our faculty. That does not mean there isn't room for improvement--be it the more efficient use of facilities through year-round operations and more evening and weekend classes, or more flexible structure within some related institutions such as the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
January 29, 2007
Re "Raises OKd for Cal State presidents," Jan. 24 As a retired Cal State San Bernardino faculty member, I can tell you that I was always offended by administrative salary increases. But when salaries for corporate executives and University of California administrators are considered, California State University administrators are grossly underpaid and deserve a lot better. The same can be said for the CSU faculty and staff, who are underpaid and overworked by any measure of academic life.
December 26, 2002
When Chancellor Charles Reed and the California State University Board of Trustees voted to raise student fees, they did so without a complete examination of the CSU budget and a thorough study of the alternatives (Dec. 17). Such an analysis would have uncovered layers of budgetary "fat" that could be shed. The CSU could, for example, delay implementation of its $400-million information technology project, or pare administrative costs. Scaling back expenses not central to its educational mission is a viable alternative to raising revenue through student fee increases.
July 14, 2003
Re "For Good of All, Hike Fees at CSU," Commentary, July 10: Many of professor Shirley Svorny's observations probably hold true for some college students in California and in the nation. However, the premise of the argument to support at least a 30% increase in tuition is flawed. As a graduate of the University of California system and an emeritus of the California State University system, I am less inclined to denigrate students, for any of a number of reasons, but insist that those attending the UC system should carry a larger total financial burden, not their counterparts at the CSU system.