Tim H. 
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Re: “School of Hard Cash

Do community colleges play an important role? Of course they do. But for the president of a college to question the "for-profit" business' access to public funds is disingenuous. How much does Kustra make in a year? Why does he not see himself as "profiting" from education. There are plenty of senior managers in public education who make huge salaries with incredible benifits. Is that in keeping with the concept of a public education designed to benefit the community? Plus, anyone familiar with the commuity college system, which is funded in large part by taxpayer subsidies and various federal grants, will tell you about all the waste and inefficiencies that occur at a community college. They get a budget, they spend the money. Few publicly funded community colleges approach their mission as a "business" that looks for efficiencies, the market or other entrepreneurial concepts like for-profits that have to compete. Half the presidents and senior managers at community colleges have never run a business; they've ALWAYS been in public education feeding off of the public trough. Is there any wonder the for-profits have stepped in to serve an important market in a way that makes good business sense? That's not to say the for-profits are perfect or do not abuse the system. But attack those problems, and don't allow the public colleges' adminsitrators to whine on their high horse when they are as deep on the "take" of publics grants and loans as for-profits.

Posted by Tim H. on 04/15/2010 at 8:54 AM

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