Re "Brown to push for higher ed changes" (Page A1, Jan. 13): Gov. Jerry Brown recently indicated he wanted "improved graduation rates" at the state's public universities.
Unfortunately, the most expedient way to increase graduation is to lower standards. Several years ago I returned to teaching at California State University, Sacramento after a 10-year break and was shocked at how lax the standards had become for higher education.
When I taught at a state university in Ohio the expectation was that "average" students would receive a "C." At Sac State I actually had students who felt they deserved a "B" merely because they had attended all of the classes that semester. These were the same students who sometimes would submit assignments containing sentences lacking verbs or statements that failed to communicate a coherent thought.
I strongly urge that the governor clearly indicate that he does not wish standards at the state's public universities and colleges to be reduced in the quest for higher graduation rates.
-- James Kuthy, Cameron Park