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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1995
My letter is in regard to the economic situation in which I find myself and many young Americans my age. I am a 22-year-old Moorpark College student. Part of the reason I chose to attend a junior college is because I could not afford to pay for my general education at a four-year university. I am at this time still living at home. This is a big problem for many young adults who find themselves unable to attain higher education and want to leave the house and lead a life of their own. My parents often tell me that at my age they had been married a year and had a child (and)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2009 | Larry Gordon,Gale Holland and mitchell landsberg
California's master plan for higher education, the product of an era of seemingly limitless opportunity, was nearly 30 years old when Nicolette Lafranchi was born in 1988. By the time she turned 20 last year, the plan was working well for her, just as it had for tens of millions of students before her. That's less true now.
OPINION
January 3, 2010
Education frustration Re "Restoring a gem's luster," Editorial, Dec. 28 My wife and I are both proud graduates of Cal State universities. The state gave us a fine education, and we are now repaying this by teaching handicapped children in the public schools. My son will graduate from community college in June, and he will then pursue his bachelor's degree as a transfer student. Should he apply to a CSU or a UC? Sadly, my advice is "neither." With California's educational gold gone, I've told him, "Go east, young man, go east."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1987
I agree that California should make a greater commitment to students who attend the community colleges. In rethinking higher education, however, your analysis should not ignore the existence of the state's independent colleges and universities--more than 60 of them with close to 100,000 students. Yearly they produce about 25% of California's baccalaureate degrees, roughly the same percentage as the entire UC system. You are probably right to say that "California has a system of public higher education without peer in the nation."
OPINION
April 5, 2006
Re "A 'free' Harvard? Now that's rich," Current, April 2 Catharine Hill and Gordon Winston argue that it would be ridiculous to allow all students to attend Harvard for free because it would simply be a giveaway to the rich. When our daughter attended Stanford from 1997 to 1999, our primary mode of paying for her attendance came from loans -- student loans and parent loans, which we and our daughter are still paying with some difficulty despite the fact that our daughter decided to leave Stanford, partly because of the cost of attending.
OPINION
October 2, 2006
Re "Education Secretary Has Collegiate Shake-Up in Mind," Sept. 27 Education Secretary Margaret Spellings says she wants a broad shake-up of higher education. This comes from the head of a growing bureaucracy that has forced No Child Left Behind on the nation's schools since early in the first Bush term in office. This federal program has been run just about like other federal programs, which are manifestly ineffective and managed by incompetent people. Anyone wondering what would happen under a federal school system now has the answer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1986
Anne Roark's article (May 1) on the deliberations of the Commission for Review of the Master Plan for Higher Education, and the letter from Chancellor-emeritus Glenn Dumke of the California State University (May 10) raise some very important issues regarding relationships between the University of California and the other segments of higher education in California. Dumke reminds us that it was the original intent of the 1960 master plan that functions be divided so that money appropriated for higher education might be used as efficiently as possible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1985
I would like to comment on your editorial (Sept. 27), "Taking Off on Higher Education." The principal issues facing higher education in this country involve its quality standards and its accessibility to students who would benefit from the experience. There is danger if, in the dialogues to come, we focus on either issue to the exclusion of the other. These concerns are dealt with, though not with the prominence they deserve, in the report prepared by President Frank Newman of the Education Commission of the States and issued by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
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