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September 12, 2011

Think About It: College Caution

The number of students enrolled in the University of Hawaii system has increased a bit this year, setting an all-time record with 60,519 students. That is a staggering number when you consider all of the students in Manoa, at community colleges, and those taking continuing education courses. Some suggest that the increase year after year is a sign of the weak economy and limited job opportunities. Well, maybe. But going to school also means some people are probably not working full time, thus not earning dollars to help pay for these school years and at some point, the rising tuition bills will have to be paid.

The University of Hawaii struggles with its infrastructure and maintenance as funds are cut back. Housing at Manoa has always been a problem with too many students looking for too few rooms. It is imperative that this state continues to fund and support its education system all the way through college if we truly expect to be competitive and competent in a fast-changing world going further. Education allows for more options in the work world for graduating students. Short-changing our youngsters- in grammar schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges, will most assuredly cost all of us in the years to come. Cutbacks simply have to be found elsewhere to ensure that we don't short sheet ourselves with limited course offerings, overcrowded, overheated classrooms, and poor, outdated facilities.

As the record number of UH students this fall shows, the younger generation still values higher education. It's up to those in power from the older generations to make sure their reasonable hopes and expectations are not obliterated through lack of care and action. Think about it…

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