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August 5, 2012
Re "Report slams colleges run for a profit," July 31 For many years I worked as a teacher at several such for-profit schools. I also was on the administrative end and was privy to the behind-the-scenes chatter of school owners in my area and all over the country. And I can say without a shadow of a doubt that the conclusion of Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) that there is "overwhelming documentation of exorbitant tuition, aggressive recruiting practices, abysmal student outcomes, taxpayer dollars spent on marketing and pocketed as profit, and regulatory evasion and manipulation" is an understatement.
August 2, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Is college worth it? It is when you live in a culture that values higher education and overlooks high school grads in favor of job candidates who hold college degrees. Just look at this chart (via the Bureau of Labor Statistics ) that compares levels of education with income and the unemployment rate. "You should share this with any high school student you know," warned a posting on Upworthy this week. But is it fair that we place so much importance on a college degree? My brother, for example, majored in sociology before angling for a job in the entertainment industry, where most people either start in the mail room or as an assistant.
July 21, 2012
Re "Anger grows over GI Bill profiteers," July 16 The article does not fairly cover the fact that career colleges and universities educate non-traditional students who might not otherwise receive access to higher education. Many of the roughly 152,000 veterans attending private sector schools on the Post-9/11GI Bill will say they are doing it because of the focused academic delivery and flexible course schedules we offer, which allow them to complete their education while caring for their families.
July 3, 2012 | By Barry Glassner and Morton Schapiro
Higher education as we know it is about to come to an end. After all, there are no jobs for college graduates, certainly not for liberal arts students. Moreover, even were such students employable, they come out of school so burdened with debt that they will never dig their way out. The educational equivalent of eight-track tapes, traditional colleges and universities will vanish almost entirely, replaced by slimmer, more technologically advanced online and for-profit models. As college presidents who hear such proclamations over and over again, we find ourselves suppressing the urge to yawn, and not because we lose sleep over them.
May 2, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
Sevenscore and 10 years ago … is pretty much how University of California President Mark G. Yudof began his remarks on the west lawn of the state Capitol on Monday to mark the sesquicentennial, the 150 th anniversary, of President Lincoln's farsighted signing of the Morrill Act, which broadened the reach and the grasp of higher education for more Americans. Lincoln signed it in the difficult early months of the Civil War and one year before the Battle of Gettysburg.
April 11, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
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.
April 5, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
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.
March 7, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Mark Z. Barabak
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]
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