America’s institutions of higher education—liberal arts colleges, comprehensive universities, research institutions, community colleges, and others—are not only centers of learning, but also key community resources. We create a halo effect along economic, cultural, and social dimensions that extends into the greater society. At a time when division, anger, and acrimony are acting like caustic solvents on our civic fabric, we should help our nation bridge those divides by creating opportunities for reasoned dialogue and understanding.
Last week, the California State University Board of Trustees voted to increase tuition for resident undergraduate students by $270 for the 2017-18 academic year, the first such increase since 2011.
At CSUMB, we strongly believe that a key to bringing our county more closely together is creating more opportunities to learn.
In December, Cal State Monterey Bay hosted approximately 3,200 sixth-graders from Alisal Union, Gonzales Unified, Monterey Peninsula Unified and Salinas City Elementary school districts as part of our University Promise program.
To be true to our university's founding vision, and to strengthen our community, Cal State Monterey Bay must continue and expand its efforts to increase access to higher education.