New Years Times Nails it Again
Kudos to the New York Times for another important editorial on higher education. This one, “Resurrecting California’s Public Universities,” chides the California state legislature for slashing higher education funding and then pushing online courses as the “solution” to reduced access.
Here’s what they conclude:
Online classes are and will be part of the educational mix, in California and elsewhere. But they cannot be counted on to revive a beleaguered public system whose mission is to educate a great many freshmen who need close instruction and human contact to succeed. To broaden access and preserve what is left of the public university, California lawmakers will need to change budget priorities that have been moving in the wrong direction for a long time.
We need more voices speaking out about the real cost of cutting higher education and the danger of false solutions.