March 23, 2019
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 9:31 pm Toro Roundball Update: Softball turning it around this season; baseball in playoff mix
  • 9:16 pm Saying Goodbye to a Pillar of the Biology Department
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 2:59 pm Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
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STAFF EDITORIAL

The American Dream is alive in California. Life is now indeed a dream come true for San Francisco residents, at least for those who want to attend community college. Anyone who has lived in the Bay Area city for a year or longer, regardless of their income, will have free enrollment at San Francisco City College (SFCC) starting in fall 2017.
Yes, you read that right: Free. In 2012, SFCC struggled with an accreditation crisis when full- and part-time enrollment dropped from 90,000 to 65,000 students. Hoping to have the enrollment crisis reversed, Mayor Ed Lee agreed to provide $5.4 million in free tuition, books and school supplies for SFCC, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
The program could benefit about 28,000 students a year, according to USA Today.
But that wasn’t it. Where is the rest of the money coming from to assist thousands of students with free enrollment that totals $2.1 million?
The money is coming from Proposition W. This proposition levied a transfer tax on all properties selling for $5 million or more, according to vox.com. And yes, there are plenty of properties in San Francisco commanding sale prices that high.
So that brings us to a question: Could something like what happened in San Francisco happen in Southern California community colleges? Or maybe even California State University (CSU) schools?
Who knows if voters would approve a tax, or mayors and city councils would direct city funds to colleges, but the issue is worth a discussion. Our local community colleges and four-schools struggle with financial instability and high costs.
If there were steps taken to lower the cost of tuition and books, we would see more students staying enrolled in college. A great number of individuals choose not to further their education after high school because of the expense of attending college.
Students and other Southern California residents deserve the opportunity to further their education without the worry of facing tremendous debt post-graduation. If we could take the steps to honor such deals, as in Northern California, we would have more students and local residents furthering their education by attending college.
We know it may not happen. But let’s at least talk about it.

 

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