I’ve been following some of the arguments surrounding the University of California fee hikes. Listening to my favorite conservative radio program (yeah I listen), callers complained that students were protesting, and that they don’t want to pay for students to protest and block traffic. This is an absolutely asinine argument.
First, a 30% increase in fees would send anyone into a frenzy; however, this effects the poorest students most. These are students who have the academics to warrant attendance to the nation’s top public university school system, but who do not have the financial resources to pay for it. And, anyone who has gone to a university knows that paying for school is easier said than done. Top students apply for tens of scholarships only to win one, and of course, there is no guarantee that even a top ranked student will be awarded any money.
Some callers in to the radio show angrily yelled that students need to get jobs. Well, in California, this is MUCH easier said than done. Nothing more need be said on that.
Probably the most damaging issue California State Universities and University of California schools are facing is that the number of courses offered has been significantly diminished. Actually, this includes community colleges in California as well. This means it takes that much longer to finish a given program, and now it is not uncommon for a student to not be able to get into any of the classes needed to complete a program for a given quarter. Meanwhile, fees are still due, and sanctions may be applied if the student is not making “significant” progress through the program.
I agree that this state has major issues, and I say to all those republicans and conservatives who voted in an almost unintelligible actor to run this state: Sit back and enjoy your work!