Higher Education at Risk!
By Jessica Rubio
Since the United States economy has been in the period of recession, many states including California have passed plans to balance the state’s budget. These plans have caused cuts to the budget of higher education here in California. There have been cuts in community colleges, classes getting full, higher prices in tuitions, and reduced enrollments. The budget cuts affect many students especially those who want to have a better career to support their families. It is harder to graduate with a higher education because of lack money or even seats available in a classroom. It takes longer for them to complete courses that are necessary to transfer to a four-year university. The cuts in education affect everybody who attends college here in California.
Governor Jerry Brown has recently signed California’s first balanced budget in a decade. This plan cuts $4 billion dollars in higher education. Brown has reduced money for state commissions on higher education. The plan contains severe cuts including reductions of about 23% to public universities. The community college fees are on the rise. The budget plan would raise community college fees from $26 to $36 per unit. These might go higher if necessary. California’s community colleges will only enroll 400,000 fewer students in the fall plus cutting thousands of classes. Many regular summer sessions are canceled due to the budget cutbacks. They only offer non-credited classes and a few specialized courses. They do the summer cuts to maintain the fall and spring programs.
Education should be the last thing that its budget should be cut. The governor of California should have done other cuts in other government services that is not that necessary to us. It is ridiculous how many students, who are determined to learn, are limited in their pursuit of higher education. Many students who go to college are faced with high payments for a better education. Even in the community colleges, the cost of units and books are very expensive and limits many low-income students to attend college. The students that attend college are trying to change there lives to have better incomes and able to support there families. A community college should enroll everybody who applies for it besides that’s what a community college is. Many students need the summer session to advance in their requirement classes to graduate faster. The budget cuts are making it harder for them to graduate and are taking more time to complete these courses.
These budget cuts to the higher education will supposedly solve part of the deficit spending problem in California. This means is possible there will be more budget cuts in the future until there is a solution for the deficit problem. Students want to know that how much will it cost to go to college and how many courses will be cut. This event is very important to the high school students who are planning to go to college this upcoming fall. They need to be aware of the advantages they have for the college life. In this period of time that we are living in, job requirements require high education now but with these cuts it will be hard to get a job. People should start making a move that cuts should be the last thing in education. Many students should demand for better education opportunities to accomplish their goals.
The education budget cuts affects many people in the state of California. Many college students are frustrated with these cuts. This event is lowering students’ opportunities to go to a UC or a Cal State University. It is harder now to get college classes because they fill up really fast and classes are being cut. Many do not have luck of enrolling to a class that is necessary to transfer. The government should take action to reconsider the cuts in higher education. The government is making this really bad than it is to continue school. They should cut other programs that seem not useful to the public to solve the deficit problem.