The High Risks of Cutting Higher Ed

California needs more, not fewer college grads

Friday, Jan 20, 2012  |  Updated 4:31 PM PDT
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NBC Bay Area protesting continued cuts to California higher education

NBC Bay Area protesting continued cuts to California higher education

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[Editorial] Cuts to Higher Education Response

Last week, we objected to proposed cuts to higher education in the new budget, and viewers agree.
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The Governor’s latest budget threatens to slash higher education.  NBC Bay Area believes that’s the wrong course of action.

State funding for the Cal State system has already dropped 30% in 5 years.  Our vast higher education network should not be forced - year after year - to raise fees, drop classes and turn students away.

And California’s middle class should not be squeezed out of our state funded colleges and universities.
We are already suffering a skills gap—and a shortage of advanced degrees.  Only half of our 420,000 2-year college students earn certificates.  And by 2025, our shortage of college grads is expected to hit 1,000,000!

So, if we really want to build a stronger California, we have to support a more educated workforce, and stop the cuts!

As always, we welcome your comments.

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