"Black middle-class flight from northern big cities, failing public schools like nearby Fresno City College, where yesterday it was announced that 70 percent of students (the majority of them on some sort of federal and state loan support) fail to receive a two-year AA degree — these are just a few indications that increasing reliance on government subsidies does not eliminate, and may well perpetuate, such ills as illiteracy, poverty, and hunger.As of 2006 California was averaging more than a 60% graduation rate, doing significantly better than Oregon (see bottom chart), but has recently slumped to Oregon's dismal 50% graduation rate.
"Here in California, the CSU system — the largest university system in the world — cannot explain why 46 percent of entering freshmen in 2001 needed remediation in math and English, still less why that number has soared to nearly 60 percent after a decade of record spending on campus budgets. Only about half of students graduate within six years, even fewer within five."
|Chart from Measuring Up 2008: The National Report Card on Higher Education|
The health care system at least shows a longer life expectancy and better health and quality of life generally, especially in later years.
State higher education, on the other hand, shows crashing and burning by almost half of Oregon students who drop out after expending big bucks and a chunk of their life.
|Chart from The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education|
Then there's the not so nice future awaiting those who do graduate but whose education leaves them holding massive debt all the while not fitting them for real world work or living.