Trans­fer stu­dents an as­set to state

Re “Buck­ing its peers, USC makes room for transfers,” June 5

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

The model iden­ti­fied in the cover story on USC and trans­fer stu­dents should be the ba­sis for all uni­ver­si­ties within Cal­i­for­nia’s post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

Cal­i­for­nia has de­vel­oped a com­mu­nity col­lege sys­tem that al­lows for every­one (not just low­in­come stu­dents) to tick off many of the lower di­vi­sion cred­its nec­es­sary for an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree. What is the ben­e­fit of hav­ing such a sys­tem if uni­ver­si­ties don’t want to fo­cus on trans­fer stu­dents?

The ex­pe­ri­ences, knowl­edge bases and dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive these stu­dents bring rep­re­sent Cal­i­for­nia’s di­ver­sity. These stu­dents are suc­cess­ful not be­cause of their cir­cum­stances, but in spite of their cir­cum­stances, and that type of “grit” de­serves ev­ery chance to ex­press it­self in stu­dents who be­come con­tribut­ing mem­bers of our so­ci­ety. Sjon Wood­lyn


As a trans­fer stu­dent from Fuller­ton Col­lege to USC (as was First Lady Pat Nixon, who worked mul­ti­ple jobs while at­tend­ing the univer­sity), I ask The Times to stop us­ing the an­ti­quated so­bri­quet “Univer­sity of Spoiled Chil­dren.”

Us­ing it is in poor taste and fur­ther de­grades the old­est re­search univer­sity in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. It cer­tainly does not re­flect the ma­jor­ity of cur­rent stu­dents, alumni and those as­so­ci­ated with USC. Char­lie Fixa

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