April 11, 2012 |
The son of a railroad worker, Earl Warren came from a family keeping a desperate finger hold on a working-class existence at the turn of the last century. Yet when he left high school in Bakersfield in 1908, there was no question where he was headed: to Berkeley and a free education at the University of California. There he proved an indifferent student scholastically but an enthusiastic absorber of "the new life, the freedom, the companionship, the romance of the university," Warren recalled years later.
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April 5, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - The bullet train boondoggle is looking more like a bullet bull's-eye. But one big question lingers: Where are the bucks? And even if the state can find the bucks, should it spend them on building a high-speed rail line, a cool choo-choo? Especially when higher education in California is such a train wreck? Education - kindergarten through college - should be our No. 1 priority, for both moral and economic reasons. Producing an educated, skilled workforce for the increasingly competitive global economy is even more important than creating temporary track-laying jobs.
March 23, 2012
Cal State's crunch Re " CSU to freeze spring student rosters ," March 20 My daughter just graduated from Cal State Fullerton. My brother, two sisters-in-law, husband and I are all products of the Cal State system - Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge, San Diego and Cal Poly Pomona, with a combination of five undergraduate degrees and three master's degrees. I'm sure that my family echoes that of many middle-class Californians. Education is paramount to the success of the state and the nation.
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March 7, 2012 |
Jack Scott, a veteran and popular educator who has headed the state's community college system during a period of brutal budget cuts and was often a voice decrying the impact on students, announced Tuesday that he will retire as chancellor overseeing the 112 campuses. Scott, 78, became chancellor of the nation's largest community college system in January 2009 after a long career as a state legislator and college campus leader, giving him rare insights into both politics and academia.
February 26, 2012 |
It's snobby to want everyone to go to college. It's not stuck-up, though, to pursue a higher education. Rick Santorum parsed the difference Sunday morning on NBC's "Meet The Press. " Appearing at a campaign stop in Troy, Mich., Santorum -- his voice thick with derision -- said on Saturday: "President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob. There are good, decent men and women who go out and work hard everyday and put their skills to test that aren't taught by some liberal college professor that [tries]
February 23, 2012 |
In an encouraging sign for the American economy, the share of the U.S. adult population with at least a bachelor's degree kept growing last year, surpassing 30% for the first time ever. The Census Bureau, in releasing new data Thursday on education and earnings, called it an important "milestone" in American history. As recently as 1998, fewer than one-fourth of people ages 25 and older had completed four years of college or more, the bureau said. The growth came despite the increasing hardship on families to pay for higher education.
January 31, 2012 |
In his State of the Union address last Tuesday, President Obama proposed several measures to lower college tuition. University leaders responded cautiously, warning that cost-cutting reforms might also cut into instructional quality. But here's the big open secret in American higher education: Most institutions have no meaningful way to measure the quality of their instruction. And the president didn't ask us to develop one, either. Instead, he suggested that the federal government tie student aid to colleges' success in reducing tuition and in helping students move forward.
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January 26, 2012 |
Seeing their parents struggle with unemployment and other money worries over the last few years, the nation's current batch of college freshmen increasingly view a bachelor's degree as a necessary ticket to better jobs, according to a UCLA survey being released Thursday. In responding to the "American Freshman" poll, 85.9% of first-year students across the country said that being able to land a good job is a very important reason for attending college. That is the strongest response to that question in the 40 years it has been asked and is sharply higher than the 70.4% reply in 2006, before the recession began.
January 11, 2012
Of course Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year is harsh. His only choices were to be harsh or out of balance. As with the current budget, he chose a measure of each for 2012-13: dire cuts to social services and higher education — that's the harsh part — balanced on predictions for tax revenue from a recovering economy that are a bit too rosy, plus speculative voter approval of a new tax bracket for top earners and a three-year...
January 8, 2012
Until a few years ago, just about any Californian could attend a community college, and many did. The colleges offered a wide variety of options: They conferred two-year associate's degrees; prepared students for junior-year transfer to a four-year college; provided vocational training and certification; offered remedial courses for high school grads who lacked college skills; taught English to immigrants and enrichment courses to the elderly; offered recreational...