Resurrecting California’s public universities


The New York Times — In an editorial, the newspaper said a proposal by the California Legislature to expand online courses at the state’s public colleges and universities — including the 23-campus California State University system that includes Cal State San Bernardino — is the wrong route to take to revive public higher education.

“The problem is that online courses as generally configured are not broadly useful,” the newspaper’s editorial board wrote. “They work well for highly skilled, highly motivated students but are potentially disastrous for large numbers of struggling students who lack basic competencies and require remedial education. These courses would be a questionable fit for first-time freshmen in the 23-campus California State University system, more than 60 percent of whom need remedial instruction in math, English or both.”

The editorial was published March 30, 2013.

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