Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Community colleges not preparing California's future workforce, study says - latimes.com

Community colleges not preparing California's future workforce, study says - latimes.com

When you begin to compare the California Higher Education system with say Vietnam's or Cambodia's or even Thailand's, there are obvious differences.

At a lecture in Vietnam, it was noted that only about 30% of the high school graduates get into a college.  You have to score a certain score to get into college, period.  There is a form of pre-screening of students in Asia.  This is why their graduation rates are very high.  In the USA, you can crawl out of high school and enroll into a community college if you were a major pot head, screw up or even undocumented but also without an adequate education from the home country.  What the study doesn't account is that we have an open access system.  We may not be getting the best student, immediately.  The pass rate then isn't surprising.

You could improve the pass rate if you insert a Vietnamese style system.   In fact, their JCs are still closed in terms of access.  You have to score a certain percentage in order to be accepted.  This sort of violates the spirit of the grand educational plan that was the cornerstone of California public higher education system.  In many ways, our system is more open than many of the educational systems in Asia.

The graduation rate in our system is a challenge, that universities in Asia do not face.  In this sense, I think we have to be more innovative in terms of instruction than others. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Clinton in Cambodia, Nov 2010

Published: November 1, 2010
On a visit to Phnom Penh, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that trials were necessary for Cambodia to “confront its past.”

Even today, there are still discussions about whether or not the trials should continue.  Prime Minister Hun Sen seems to want to stop it after getting the big fish.  The speculations on closing the UN Human Rights office in Cambodia is rather disturbing.