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Higher Education: As demand for a college education grows, how are you stretching resources to meet the needs of your students?

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I have stopped requiring textbooks in my classes and rely on online handouts that I create myself (online to reduce the cost of copying for the college). I have shortened some student exams so students have to buy fewer scantrons. My college has greatly increased the number of students in each class. I am working to put exams online to save students the cost of a trip to campus and save copying costs. Working for the 2010 census, I took up a collection for office supplies (which the census did not want returned) for my college. I am constantly scouting for freebies/discounts to benefit my college and classes. I grow food for my herbal cooking demo classes.

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briahn kelly-brennan
aft
san francisco, CA

I have stretched my class limit to let more students in. There is a limit because of the time factor for students to each give five in-class speeches. It is very difficult to cover lecture material and get through all speeches if I add even a few more students, but I have been trying to do so because they cannot get all the classes they need due to the cuts of classes to save money.

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janis Wright
Santa Rosa Junior College
Santa Rosa, CA

My 2 children have finished College. The oldest after a BS and a Master's Degree and 7 years of student loan payments, only owes about $30,000 in student loans. He is gainfully employed as a public school teacher, as is his wife who also has about the same amount of student loan debt. Our Daughter, a 2007 graduate with a BS in Interior Design is also paying off a huge student loan, while unable to find a suitable job.She was employed for the first two years after graduation (at $15/hr) but the Architectural Firm she was working for closed due to a bad economy and her boss retired, leaving her without a job.How am I stretching rescources???

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Norman Pond
Lifetime Member TSTA/NEA
McCaulley, TX

I am a grandparent, helping raise grand children. I have taken a two-hour-a-day part time job. My husband is ill and retired. One grandchild attends UTSA. We help with his finances. My son is a single parent with two children. Cost of living is high; it takes all of us to help with my grandson's education.

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linda narvaez
Tx. AFT
Corpus Christi, TX

Stretching resources is trivial compared to the damage No Child Left Behind is doing to the college readiness of children in public ed. Professors who work with freshmen at Cornell U. tell me that NCLB students have hit colleges. Even at Cornell these students are not able to adequately think, or express themselves verbally or in written form. They have no more internal motivation than, "I need an A. I've always gotten As. I need an A so I can succeed." NCLB was designed to destroy public ed, by people who want to privatise ed, and who exempted private ed. Succeeding. End NCLB, or apply it to private schools (they'll end it).

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Eric Skalwold
PEF
Ithaca, NY

I am encouraged as a high school nurse to make studies a priority for students, so they might later qualify for scholarships for college.

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Christne Taylor
Tucson, AZ

I am available virtually 24/7 through Blackboard, as I have made all my English classes "hybrid." I also publish and sell my own text for $10.00 as opposed to the dynasty of academic publishing that charges over $75.00 average for most texts.

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Jim Musgrave
1931
San Diego, CA

- I automatically overload my classes every quarter - I am part-time (13 years). With only 1 full-time person in our dept almost every part-timer is doing full-time admin work for no pay, like rewriting course outlines, contributing to campus-wide events, doing extra unpaid professional development. I am doing these things. - I have more students needing extra help and remedial work, and with more financial and emotional issues. - I am probably not going to have my request for "Priority Hire" in my field agreed to. It doesn't increase my pay but it does add fractionally to my job security. To support the school I won't protest this.

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Michelle Kelly
Seattle
Seattle, WA

In the classroom, (full-time high school) I use selections from a set of textbooks from the early 1990s, which still fortunately contain a lot of still-relevant info. Kids [again to a considerable percentage] also are somewhat doubtful of the value of further education past high school, and some even need real motivation to finish for a high school diploma !

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(Prof.) Paul Gammarano
UFT
Brooklyn, NY

In 2007, Texas universities conferred bachelor's or higher degrees on 130,000 students. But the state added just 85,000 jobs requiring degrees. That's a surplus of 45,000 graduates un- or under-employed. And that was just one year. ("Texas Works 2008" by State Comptroller Susan Combs) Not everybody needs to go to college. We should be ramping up the CTE (Career & Technology Education) departments and teaching marketable skills to our high school students. If you can fix cars or air conditioners in Texas, you ain't gonna go hungry.

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Donald Gentz
TX AFT
Richardson, TX

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