Spending a day last month at Harper College was a real throwback to my days at Portland State University. One thing that really struck me is how dysfunctional our 19th century state university systems are when it comes to answering the educational challenges of the 21st century. Why do our tax dollars from urban population centers go to fund top tier universities in rural America, which fail to answer the continuing education interests of the working middle class, who may wish to seek a four year or advanced degree when switching jobs or moving ahead mid career?
Currently their choices are to compete for limited seats in lower tier Universities like University of Illinois Chicago or take on massive debt to get a private school diploma that in many cases may not be worth the paper its printed on.
Maybe I have the wrong idea…. if I do please enlighten me in the comments section.
One thing I loved about visiting Harper college was seeing how the school was working hard to educate people for many jobs that go unfilled in today’s economy.
By Andy Sullivan (Reuters)
Some schools rally around a football team. Harper College has rallied around a number.
When President Barack Obama called for 5 million more community-college graduates by the end of the decade to boost U.S. competitiveness, this commuter school 30 miles northwest of Chicago figured out it would need to produce 10,604 additional graduates to do its part.
It won’t be able to count on much government help.
Even as Harper and many of the nation’s 1,200 other two-year community colleges try to deliver on Obama’s vision of a revitalized manufacturing sector and a better-skilled work force, support from the federal and state governments is eroding… Read More