As some expensive private colleges compete to fill their seats and cash-strapped public colleges look for ways to handle more students, today's emerging providers will get a second look by college leaders and students seeking quality alternatives.
Amidst a serious economic downturn in California, the California State University Chancellor and the Trustees' insistence on maintaining gigantic executive salaries has revealed their detachment from the economic realities facing California's students.
Governor Jerry Brown's veto of the budget passed by the Democratic majority in the legislature, (as draconian in terms of gutting public resources as any in the nation), has tipped his hand: Jerry's triangulating.
The budget constraints have led the CSU administration to put into overdrive its business model for higher education, to treat education like a "business," like a "product" that is "delivered" to a "customer."
Scwharzenegger and the Republicans who control California's finances have concluded it's not even worth trying to compete with India and China anymore, as evidenced by the "restructuring" of the California State University system.
By blocking any new revenue streams to fund higher education, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Senate Republican minority are not only taxing California's young people and their families, they are crippling the state's future.
CSU faculty have two choices: accept furlough or face layoffs. The first option is bad; the second is worse. This is not only a labor issue for CSU faculty. This is an issue about the health of the nation.