The headline in this week's news, "Harvard Now Cheaper Than Cal State," may have shocked many across the country. But for California's families and students, it reflects the reality of millions who have struggled for years with the rising cost of higher education.
Happiness isn't a prerequisite for smiling; sometimes smiling is what makes you happier. By the same token, remind yourself to say hello and you actually contribute to a friendlier and more inclusive climate.
Like many of my friends, I don't have definitive post-graduation plans. Amidst all this uncertainty, though, I am confident that if I stick to the fundamentals -- relentless positivity, dedication and persistence -- my years of hard work will be rewarded.
Asking colleges and states to take on more of the cost of reforms will lead to bigger tuition increases, not smaller ones. Something must be done, but experienced educators will tell you this "new" plan isn't the way to go.
Rick Santorum is absolutely right that higher education is a liberal and secular force in our society at present. But he's also highly simplistic in his view that it creates liberals or atheists -- or that it intentionally discriminates against conservatives or the devout.
A possible increase in community college tuition could be negative on the access of higher education, especially Latina/o students who are more inclined to attend these colleges because of its affordability and closeness to home.