Richard Rider

Richard Rider
San Diego, California, USA
August 24
San Diego Tax Fighters
Biography of Richard Rider (Updated July, 2011) San Diego, CA 92131 E-mail: * AGE: 66 * EDUCATION: B.A. Economics, University of North Carolina, 1968 * MILITARY SERVICE: Commander, Supply Corps, U. S. Naval Reserve, retired after 26 years (four years active, the rest in the reserve). ** OCCUPATION: Retired stockbroker and financial planner. Lifetime member of the International Association of Financial Planners. Former business owner. * AFFILIATION: • Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters • National Taxpayers Union • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association • San Diego County Taxpayers Association * POLITICAL ACTIVITIES: • Successfully sued the county of San Diego (Rider vs. County of San Diego) to force a rollback of an illegal 1/2-cent jails sales tax, a precedent that saved California taxpayers over fourteen billion dollars, including $3.5 billion for San Diego taxpayers. • Actively supported a variety of tax-cutting ballot initiatives including Proposition 13. Has written ballot arguments against numerous county and state tax increase initiatives. • County co-chair of both California term limit initiatives (Prop 140 and Prop 164). • Libertarian Party candidate for governor in 1994. • Candidate for the 3rd District County Supervisor in 1992 (third place among six candidates with about 20% of the vote). • 1993 – appointed to (and then elected chair of) the San Diego County Social Services Advisory Board. • 1996 – appointed as a Commissioner on the California Constitution Revision Commission by state Assembly Speaker Kurt Pringle. • Has been involved in legal actions against City of San Diego to force a public vote on issuing bonds for Qualcomm stadium expansion, convention center, baseball ballpark and other projects. • 2005 – Unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of San Diego, though his reform ideas have since taken hold. • 2007 – Columnist for NORTH COUNTY TIMES and SAN DIEGO DAILY TRANSCRIPT • 2009 - The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association's "California Tax Fighter of the Year" * FAMILY: Married. Wife, Diane, is a retired public high school teacher. Two sons, ages 32 and 27.

APRIL 10, 2012 3:35PM

The High Cost of Low Community College Graduation Rates

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I've written before about the absurdly low cost of California community colleges, and the resulting 30% class "drop rate."  Here's a more national perspective on the widespread failure of community colleges to graduate students.  It's even worse than I thought.
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Daily Policy Digest

Education Issues

April 10, 2012

The High Cost of Low Community College Graduation Rates

With the current economic downturn and high unemployment rates, the relatively low tuition of community colleges and their open enrollment policies have drawn an increasing number of students.  However, persistently high dropout rates and the failure of students to complete their degree in a timely manner casts doubt on two-year schools' ability to help their students, say Mark Schneider and Lu Michelle Yin of the American Enterprise Institute.

Community colleges cannot help their students to command better jobs and higher salaries if they do not graduate.

  • Community colleges serve about 30 percent of all students in higher education.
  • However, community college three-year graduation rates average in the low 20 percent range, with many colleges graduating far fewer than this average.
  • In 2009, the last year for which the federal government has reported data, close to 400 community colleges had graduation rates less than 15 percent.
  • These figures allow three years for a two-year degree, thereby inflating these schools' graduation figures.

Furthermore, studies show that timely graduation would be largely beneficial to the student, not only because they would not have to pay for another year of tuition, but also because there are numerous openings in the economy for associate's degree holders.

  • In 2009, over 320,000 full-time degree-seeking students who entered community colleges in 2006 had not earned their degree.
  • As a measure of the labor market need for these students, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the nation has an unmet need of around 300,000 new employees with associate's degrees per year.

A number of recommendations, therefore, can be put forth to help community colleges graduate more students more quickly.

  • Complete College America, an organization that works to increase graduation rates, recommends streamlining remediation programs.
  • Additionally, they emphasize restructuring traditional college programs through block scheduling so that students can plan their lives around a fixed schedule.
  • Furthermore, increasing the availability of online material can be a game-changer for students on tight schedules.

Source: Mark Schneider and Lu Michelle Yin, "Completion Matters: The High Cost of Low Community College Graduation Rates," American Enterprise Institute, April 3, 2012.

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