Regarding the Little Hoover Commission Report on higher education as noted in The Fresno Bee editorial Oct. 18, the report does describe a severe shortage of college educated workers by the year 2025 but it seems to ignore two important points.
First, the number of babies born annually in California peaked at 612,000 in 1990 and then plummeted by 18% to just 502,000 in 2011. Accordingly, the California Department of Finance forecasts a steady decline in the number of high school graduates over the next decade -- that translates to fewer students available to apply for admission to our colleges and universities.
Second, the Commission appears to ignore the allocation of resources as they call for more funding for higher education. According to the California State University website, they employ 44,000 people -- half are faculty members and half are non-teaching staff. However, only 51% of the faculty are full-time employees while 93% of the non-teaching staff are full time.
Perhaps California's college students would be better served by having more full-time professors and reducing the number of people siphoning off scarce education dollars in non-classroom positions. The CSU staffing data is available at http://www.calstate.edu/hr/employee-profile/documents/Fall2012CSUProfiles.pdf.
Jerrold H. Jensen