Re "Change due in college master plan" (Dan Walters, May 5): Higher education has been increasing in cost at an astonishing rate, making it impossible for students to fulfill their dream of getting their bachelor's degree. At first glance, it makes sense for community colleges to offer bachelor programs to not only relieve the overcrowding of four-year institutions, but also provide a lower cost education to students who cannot afford the hefty prices of a four-year school.
However, a problem arises when community colleges become even more overcrowded because everyone wants to take advantage of the opportunity. First, the state would have to build more community colleges in order to accommodate the overflow of students, which would require more state funding. California colleges already lack state funding.
If community colleges were to add bachelor programs, the cost could potentially be passed on to students, defeating the purpose of low-cost education provided at community colleges.
-- Alison Romanowski, West Sacramento