Community college changes on horizon
December 30, 2011
California’s public education system has been a world-class model of efficiency and affordability for five decades, but no longer. Gradual overloading and budget restraints have gutted the once-proud model, and that in turn is opening the door for enterprising private, for-profit colleges. [HuffingtonPost]
The diminishing opportunity for inexpensive, publicly supported upper-level education has the potential for creating major problems, according to some.
“The population that is being pushed out is the most needy,” Jane Patton, past president of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges told Huffington Post. “These are the most vulnerable students that for-profits prey on.”
California has been the center of an increasingly aggressive campaign by for-profits, advertisements for which often can be found on campus bulletin boards adjacent to lists of cancelled or unavailable classes