Higher Education


 

J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University. A fine example of thorough investment in repurposed infrastructure to best serve the needs of students and faculty at a public university.

J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University. A fine example of thorough investment in repurposed infrastructure to best serve the needs of students and faculty at a public university.


As the official college student arm of San Francisco Democratic politics, San Francisco State University College Democrats are committed to the promotion of higher education above all else.  We support policies expanding access to the nation’s largest institutions of higher education: the University of California, the California State University, and California’s Community Colleges. This means fighting and reversing the state’s trend of disinvestment in public higher education through coordinated advocacy efforts; California college students and other young people were crucial to the passage of Proposition 30 in the 2012 elections that staved off further cuts and tuition increases in California’s public universities; as well as constant pushing for adequate infrastructure improvements to ensure our college students are never in harms way while pursuing their education.

However, advocating for higher education is about more than just temporary budget fixes. It is also about pressuring the leadership of the UC and CSU systems to make responsible decisions that put students first over special interests. Young people and college students across the state must use their increasing political clout to hold accountable the decisions of not only the officials in Sacramento but also the leadership on the Board of Regents of the University of California and the Trustees of the California State University. It is also critical to support state policies of properly funding the UC and CSU, such as increased taxation on the highest earners in California and closing tax loopholes for out of state businesses that would generate billions for higher education. Moves such as these are critical to ending the slide of cutbacks and tuition increases that have restricted access to these public institutions to students who need them the most. 

Supporting public higher education in California also means restoring the California Community College system as a valuable stepping stone for future academic or professional endeavors for the students who attend.  Far too frequently, students drop out of community college because of problems accessing the necessary coursework.  Classes are too packed and too infrequent to provide substantial educational support for those involved.