College, the New Luxury Item

HOW WILL THE NONRICH PAY FOR IT?

A sad little story has been unfolding at Santa Monica Community College in Southern California. Santa Monica is apparently one of the better two-year colleges in the state, with some thirty-four thousand students and an excellent record of students moving on to the state’s four-year system.

But its success has led to a steady increase in applications even as state-college budgets have been cut sharply. Kids have also learned which programs...

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About the Author

Charles R. Morris, a Commonweal columnist, is the author of The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown (Public Affairs), among other books, and is a fellow at the Century Foundation.