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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2011 | By Carla Rivera and Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Decrying what they called an assault on higher education, thousands of faculty and students at California State University campuses across the state rallied, marched and held teach-ins Wednesday to protest steep funding cuts and rising tuition. Dubbed the Day of Class Action, events were held on all 23 Cal State campuses, featuring speakers, workshops, gospel singers, guerrilla theater and, on one campus, a New Orleans-style "funeral" march. The protests were largely peaceful and there were no reports of disruptions, although student groups staged sit-ins in hallways outside the offices of presidents Jolene Koester at Cal State Northridge and James M. Rosser at Cal State L.A. No arrests were made, and students left the buildings by the end of the day. Peaceful sit-ins were also held at campuses in Pomona, San Francisco and the East Bay. With education funding at risk and higher tuition possible in many states, students and faculty at public universities elsewhere also held rallies and teach-ins Wednesday, including at Portland State in Oregon, Rutgers University in New Jersey and the University of Massachusetts' Boston campus.
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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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