Re "Higher ed resistant to change" (Dan Walters, Aug. 14): I've taught economics at CSU East Bay for more than 30 years. I have consistently opposed "seamless transfers" from the community college system. Most community colleges offer an Economics Principles course. Walters thinks we should allow transfer credit for these courses. But there is a major problem.
Many community colleges teach economics without algebra. In our economics principles courses at CSU East Bay we review algebra. Without algebra, understanding economics at the most basic level is incomplete, at best. Students who want to major in economics will find themselves severely handicapped in intermediate courses if they haven't mastered the basic algebra in principles.
Once community colleges uniformly teach economics principles correctly, I will fully support the "seamless transfer" Walters says must be imposed on us. Until then, I will urge my department colleagues to deny transfer credit for those courses.
-- Tony Lima, Hayward