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ERIC Number: ED524218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Consequences of Neglect: Performance Trends in California Higher Education
Moore, Colleen; Offenstein, Jeremy; Shulock, Nancy
Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy
California lawmakers have found it increasingly difficult to protect the state's investment in its colleges and universities over the last decade despite the growing evidence that the state needs far more of its citizens to earn postsecondary credentials. Additionally, California higher education continues to operate without effective coordination and with no state-level planning, despite continued calls for the state to set goals and develop plans to ensure that its colleges and universities will drive 21st Century economic competitiveness and social well-being. This report demonstrates the consequences of resting on reputations and policies of yesteryear. California is nowhere near a leader on the measures of higher education performance that the nation's governors and educational leaders have been tracking for over a decade. The state is average, at best, and trending downward. Intended as a resource for those interested in improving the numbers of Californians who earn postsecondary credentials of value from the public colleges and universities, this report includes: (1) an assessment of California's overall performance in each of six categories, based on the data gathered by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS); (2) analyses of data from other sources that allow for a breakdown of performance by region and race/ethnicity, in order to focus attention on the key variations that warrant policy attention; (3) a summary of trends in each performance area; and (4) a brief description of some key issues in each performance area to provide the context for possible actions to improve performance, with a list of resource materials where more specific recommendations may be found for policy issues of interest. Appended are: (1) Methods for Calculating California's Performance Relative to Other States; (2) List of Counties by Region; (3) Methods for Calculating Measures by Region and by Race/Ethnicity; and (4) Resources for More Information on Key Issues and Recommendations. (Contains 6 tables, 24 figures and 51 endnotes.
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Authoring Institution: California State University, Sacramento. Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy
Identifiers - Location: California