California’s anticipated demand for a future educated work force is a signal for the state to turn to nonprofit and for-profit private colleges and universites to fill the gaps. With the state’s schools running at over capacity and challenged by severe budget cuts, not enough students are participating in higher education. A new USC report strongly advises a connection with the private education sector.
The economy of the state and the country is at high risk of not having enough of an educated workforce, and with state schools beyond capacity and burdened by too many budget cuts, recommendations are to look to the private sector for help. The proposals include having private schools teach classes on public campuses, and having state funding for nonprofit private schools to increase their enrollments by 10%. These recommendations are according to the study released March 21 by the Center for Higher Edcuation Policy Analysis at USC.
An educated workforce is at the core of future economic success, yet the current number of students enrolled in higher learning is not enough to satisfy those needs. It is estimated that California faces a shortage of one-million college educated workers by 2025, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. That is a scary forecast for a state continuing to struggle with higher education budget cuts affecting course availability and instructor layoffs. Additionally, students attending the University of California system have paid 32% more in fees last year, which is three times the amount of a decade ago. On top of all that, California Governor Jerry Brown has proposed cutting $1 billion from state universities and $400 million from the state’s community college system. This is a devastating prospect that would leave just two choices: raise tuition and fees even further, or cut enrollment at public campuses even more.
The USC report, “Making It Happen: Increasing College Access and Participation in California Higher Education” outlines eight recommendations to combat the present low enrollment and address the public education paralysis we are facing. edial education by allowing private providers to offer intensive remedial writing and math classes through senior year and the summer before college.
See the full report for all of the study’s recommendations.
View a full copy of the report: chepa.usc.edu/pdf/Making_It_Happen.pdf
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