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February 22, 2010 | By Camille Esch and Christopher Cabaldon
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants California to get its priorities straight. Over the last three decades, the state's investment in universities has eroded while prison spending has shot through the roof. It's "out of whack," says Schwarzenegger. To remedy that, he would guarantee that no less than 10% of the state's general fund budget go to the universities by 2014, a doubling of their current share. He also wants the deal written into the state Constitution -- both to show he's serious and to commit future governors to the plan.
June 3, 1993
Re "Survival Through Reinvention," editorial, May 21: You are right on target. The door to higher education is slamming shut. I'm paying a fortune to send my daughter to UCLA and she has spent a whole year there without being able to get into a biology course, which is her field of interest. There is no reason for this. All UCLA has to do is offer these oversubscribed courses on educational television. The advantages are numerous. A student does not have to fight traffic, parking, and they can live at home.
November 12, 1990 | Sue Ellen Christian
MINORITY ENROLLMENT: Four-year public colleges and universities are losing the battle to recruit and keep minority students, according to the American Assn. of State Colleges and Universities. Since 1982, black enrollment has remained a steady 8.1%. Latino enrollment rose to 3.9% in 1988 from 3.2% in 1982; Asian enrollment was 3.8% in 1988, up from 3.2% in 1982.
April 6, 1987 | GAINES POST JR., Gaines Post Jr. is the dean of faculty at Claremont McKenna College.
The decade of the 1980s will be remembered for closely linking "civic education," "standards" and "leadership" with the tasks of higher education. To paraphrase what Mark Twain said about Wagner's music, these terms are not as bad as they sound. Unfortunately, they exaggerate the community at the expense of the individual, sociability at the expense of solitude.
May 26, 1991 | KATHY M. KRISTOF
It seems that every decade must be known for one thing--whether it is the "free love" of the 1960s or the greed of the 1980s. One investment expert maintains that the 1990s will become known for a newfound emphasis on culture and education. If you talk to young parents, you'll probably see some evidence of this theory. It seems that nearly every new or soon-to-be parent is talking about signing the children up for school when they're practically still in the womb.
January 3, 2010 | By William Tierney
California's Master Plan for Higher Education is history. State officials and politicians don't want to admit it, but it's true. Blame it on a severe recession, a dysfunctional state government or tax-phobic voters, the result is the same. Contrary to the plan's vaunted goal, every high school graduate does not have the option of receiving an affordable, high-quality education. This year's budget cuts were the deepest in the higher education system's history, and projections of continuing deficits promise even more.
May 10, 1986
Your article (May 1) on the Master Plan for Higher Education emphasized the pressures for "change" in the master plan. As the only member of the original master plan team who has testified before the commission, I do have some idea as to what the master plan was all about. And my testimony to the commission emphasized just the opposite. The master plan team addressed the Legislature's question: "How can California serve the tremendous tidal wave of students within the fiscal capacity of the state and with due attention to access and quality?"
July 14, 2010 | Michael Hiltzik
Conflicts of interest almost always involve money, but sometimes they raise more questions about the subjects' perspective than about their wallets. Consider the large investments University of California Regent Richard C. Blum has made in two for-profit higher education companies, Career Education Corp. and ITT Educational Services Inc. Blum's San Francisco investment firm is the largest shareholder in both firms, owning nearly 20% of Career Education and more than 10% of ITT Educational.
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