The time has come for the private sector to step up and provide support for public higher education in a manner commensurate with the benefits it enjoys through the research we conduct and the future leaders we educate.
California's public higher education system is dying a slow death. The promise of a cheap, quality education is slipping away. And don't think the slow rot of public education is unique to California: that state's woes are the nation's.
A reason students attend community college before applying to a more expensive four-year college is to save money. Pricier courses would undermine their purpose: providing affordable options to students from all backgrounds.
California once led the world in providing affordable access to college to all classes. Today, our taxpayers have said no to this commitment. But the taxpayer revolt against the rising cost of higher education has an element of logic.
As a City College Board Trustee, I have always advocated for the students that need and rely on City College the most: young men and women who are struggling to make ends meet while working toward their degree.