Further Screwed

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Well, the beat goes on and the UC sinks further in my estimation.

According to an article in the student newspaper student fees (officially UC students don’t pay “tuition”) went up 85% over the last six years.  And Lieutenant Governor Garamedi, as well as, Lillian Taiz, President of the California Faculty Association, had the nuts to say the obvious; while students are paying more—all those undergraduates—they are getting less and less for their money.

That’s clear to me.  There are not enough teachers, back logs are building up all over campus; students can’t get the courses they need to complete their damn majors.

And at the same time they are trying to up the minimum number of units a student must take per quarter from 12 to 14.  And somewhere I read about a new rule that would penalize (probably by making them pay more) students who take less than 15 units a quarter.

So where’s all that money going.  To make up for previous budget cuts, one is told.  Oh, yea, while all over campus new buildings are going up like mushrooms, and they are proposing now to increase chancellor’s salaries by 33% over the next three years.

You’d think students would take a look at the situation and just say, NO!  Because they are getting royally screwed.

But they are just students.  They are here and then they are gone.  More and more, it seems they want to get the whole thing over with as quickly as possible.  That suits the UC since they want to increase throughput, thus the increase in the number of units per quarter, and rules about penalizing students who go over the unit level necessary for graduation.

And of course the students’ parents want it over with too ASAP because of the debt piling up….

Going to the UC these days is way too much like a forced march through Siberia; all you want to do is survive.

No wonder then students sit in my class slacked jaw, glassy eyed and looking at me like my very existence was an imposition on their lives. No wonder I can’t engage them, or get them talking, or fired up over the importance of learning to write well, and, heck, the fun one might have doing it.  I need to stop feeling like a failure and realize I didn’t make this mess.  


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