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Facts behind decisions

On December 4, 2011

Students everywhere are experiencing the same problems. Budget cuts have devastated education and still, students are expected to attend college because it is the only way to get a job.

While it is frustrating to see programs get cut and overflowed wait lists and it is easy to blame the administration, why not find out for yourself why a certain program was cut instead of assuming it was irrational?

The whole school would benefit from learning more about the administrative and planning process.

The San Matean met with CSM President Michael Claire and Public Information Officer Beverley Madden on Nov. 21 to discuss the way major decisions are made.

The staff learned about the planning cycle, the plans themselves and all the committees it takes to make decisions on these plans. There is a student representative on each of these committees. The meetings are public and if you can't attend, talk to the student representative.

The decisions are not made randomly, but are made after extensive quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation of the research. This includes student surveys and focus groups. All of the documents are public and can be found on the CSM website.

Finding out facts for yourself is what makes the process of learning meaningful. Knowing there is a legitimate reason for program and class cuts, overfilled wait lists and tuition increases makes it easier to take.

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