Segment Leaders Participate in Higher Education Advocacy Day
April 29, 2010
California State University Chancellor Charles Reed joined Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and fellow higher education segment leaders Mark Yudof (President, University of California) and Jack Scott (Chancellor of the California Community Colleges) in Sacramento on Tuesday for a round table discussion on the future of higher learning in California. The group also included Secretary of Education Bonnie Reiss, members of the Board of Trustees of the CSU and the UC Board of Regents, student leaders from the CSU and CCC and participants from the Public Policy Institute of California.
The conversation centered on protecting the state’s higher education funding, and the Governor declared that he would not sign a budget that did not fully fund his budget proposal for the higher education segments. The Governor’s budget proposes funding student access and success by providing $305 million above current funding for CSU to restore one-time cuts in the current year to preserve access for 21,000 students, and an added $60.6 million to preserve access for an additional 8,000 students. In addition, the CSU Board of Trustees Budget for 2010-11 identifies another $511 million, beyond the Governor’s proposal, needed to restore and enhance key instruction and services for students.
Additionally the group discussed the state’s Master Plan for Higher Education, a document created in 1960 to define a strategy for California’s public higher education systems to meet the state’s challenges.