|For the Week of June 10, 2013
A controversial bill in California’s Legislature aims to create partnerships between public universities and private technology companies to provide general education classes online. The East Bay Express reports that opponents of Senate Bill 520 argue “that it will allow for-profit educational companies to gain access to public colleges and universities that they would not otherwise have, and thereby undermine the quality of higher education in California.” UC’s Academic Senate has been critical of the bill.
As this year’s crop of students graduates into an uncertain job market and massive student debt, a joint USC/Los Angeles Times poll found that a majority of Californians believe college tuition is unaffordable but that they favor maintaining educational quality over keeping down costs.
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