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ERIC Number: ED426642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Challenges Facing California Higher Education: A Memorandum to the Next Governor of California.
Breneman, David W.
This paper reviews four major policy proposals for higher education in California. It discusses four reports that have addressed California higher education's problematic future: "Shared Responsibility" (California Higher Education Policy Center, 1998); "Breaking the Social Contract" (RAND, 1997); "A State of Learning" (California Citizens Commission on Higher Education, 1998); and "California at the Crossroads" (California Education Roundtable, 1998). All four reports focus on five strategies for the future: budgetary stability, rational student charges, productivity increases, governance changes, and improved linkages to K-12 education. Interviews with 30 California higher education policy leaders found that these reports had considerable impact on their thinking. It is concluded that the time appears ripe for a new Master Plan for California higher education, one that would replace emphasis on the distinguishing characteristics of the three public segments (the University of California, California State University, and California Community College systems) with concern for regional cooperation and organization, and include K-12 education within its scope as a full partner. A list of individuals interviewed is appended. (Contains 36 references.) (MDM)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California