Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to make California's community college system more efficient and increase access for students hit a road block last week as lawmakers rejected his proposal to set a lifetime limit on the number of units students can take at reduced in-state rates.If you want to make community college more "efficient", whatever that really means, we need to get rid of the mindset that everyone should or needs to go to college. To reinforce that mindset, we should get rid of all so-called remedial courses at our CSU and UC campuses; a university is not the place for remedial work. If you need remedial work, go to a JC/CC. If you want a good basic education at a reasonable price, go to a JC/CC. If you just want to go to college because your high school counselor said you should, you probably shouldn't. If people see that our universities and JC's/CC's are serious places for serious study, the ones that shouldn't be at JC's/CC's at all will eventually leave--and eventually word will get around such that they won't show up in the first place.
I understand that changing the perception about "college for all" is an uphill battle, but I'm still right. Of course, all this is predicated on making all of our colleges and universities places for serious study.