More attention must be paid to the California State University system and to the state's community colleges if California is going to produce the educated workers its economy needs, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says in a report set to be issued Tuesday.Perhaps we could start improving higher education by not brainwashing our K-12 students into believing that they'll only be successful in life if they go to college. Perhaps we could start improving higher education by refusing admittance to our universities to students who need remedial math or English classes, and requiring them instead to attend community colleges until they meet university standards.
The report commissioned by Newsom argues that the state is losing its place as a national leader in higher education.
The report, prepared by the nonpartisan Committee for Economic Development based in Washington, D.C., finds that the percentage of young adults earning associate and bachelor's degrees in California already is below the U.S. average and predicts the trend will persist unless the system is overhauled to serve an increasingly diverse and low-income population.
Cut down on the number of university students. Restore importance to the bachelor's degree, and don't treat people who choose not to get one as pariahs. When everyone gets a trophy, a trophy has no value.
And then let's cut all the absolutely useless courses and degrees. I'm not saying there shouldn't be some fun, interesting, cool classes at universities, but let's not pretend that all courses, or all majors, deserve the taxpayer's consideration.