Welcome to the insider view of SF State

Who I Am

I’m 28 years old. From 2001-2003 I attended George Mason University. My major’s included but were never limited to criminal justice, graphic design, photography, and business. I’ve attended community college at Monterey Penninsula CollegeSan Diego City College, and San Diego Miramar College. I currently hold an AS in communication and am pursuing my BA in Photojournalism here at SF State.

During my lengthy college career, I was also a senator for the Associated Student body at Miramar and the southern California representative and local President for Amnesty International.

I’ve played the apathy card and I’ve been involved heavily. I’ve failed miserably and I’ve had more success than I ever thought possible.

I’ve been privy to the political maneuvering that occurs behind the scenes of all higher education systems. There is no school or educator that stands apart from it and the level of transparency that students need is very often lacking.

Where This Blog Is Taking You

While the Xpress does a fantastic job of giving the student population an overall perspective of the school, their hands are somewhat tied when it comes to editorializing their feelings. Only so many pages may be allotted for their opinions, no matter how valid, important, or imperative.

There has been much researched, written, and shared regarding the general state of higher education. But very little concerning the statements, feelings, or desires of SF State students. Selina Irensy, a 23 year-old communications major, said it perfectly, “Whether we pay $10 a unit or $1000, we have to be here. Might as well just get it over with and get out.”

What are the priorities of the administration at SF State? Are they focused on their retention rate? Is online education something they strive for? Should strive for?

Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab recently posted on her blog regarding a report done by the Miller Center and the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities, based on a December 2010 meeting about “how to maximize higher education’s contributions to the American economy”:

The past few decades have seen far too many colleges and universities engage in a rush toward elite status. The more selective an institution is, the better. The more research money it collects, the better. The higher it ranks in national and international publications, the better. But what has the race for status contributed to the public good? It is possible to build state institutions that are noted in U.S. News & World Report and national rankings of research universities but ignore the needs of many or most of a state’s people.

This cannot be what higher education is about. This cannot be what SFSU is about. Right?

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