Desperate Times

Inside Higher Ed has an article highlighting the difficult choices facing one community college in California:

Throughout the last year, leaders of many four-year colleges have adopted the mantra that their institutions can “no longer be all things to all people.” This has led to efforts to identify areas of strength, to carve out niches, and to drop programs best offered elsewhere.

Last week, leaders of San Joaquin Delta College announced a similar philosophy. Having gone through rounds of across-the-board cuts already (1,000 individual courses have been dropped), and facing more reductions in state support, the college announced plans to eliminate entire programs to try to avoid or at least minimize additional cuts to others. This approach is a bit shocking to many at the community college in Stockton, Cal., even though they are aware of deep and continuing budget cuts facing the institution.

The ripple effects of California’s economic crisis, which will permanently alter more than a few lives, continue unabated…

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.