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.
Higher education must be innovative to meet the changing needs of students. But the personal connections on a residential campus will remain vital to student success.
On May 16, Cal State Monterey Bay will be celebrating the successes of more than 1,500 graduates at our 19th annual commencement ceremony. It will be our largest commencement ever, but it will not be large enough.
The following op-ed was published on Nov. 21, 2014, by The Salinas Californian.
The following op-ed was published on Sept. 21, 2014, by the Monterey Herald.