Public Affairs

CSU, UC, Community College System Heads Discuss the State of Higher Education

Chancellor Reed addresses the Commonwealth Club of California.

June 23, 2010

After 50 years of operating under the California Masterplan for Higher Education, a plan respected and emulated throughout the nation and world, the state's public systems of higher education face one of the most challenging periods of their history.

In this context, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, University of California President Mark G. Yudof and California Community College Chancellor Jack Scott answered questions and shared their insights on a range of topics related to higher education at a public forum sponsored by the Commonwealth Club of California, a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization.

The full video of the discussion is posted here:

"The Masterplan in California is a brilliant, forward-looking plan," said Chancellor Reed early in the forum.  "In order to make the Masterplan work you need to fund it.  That is what California has backed off of for the last few years."

The forum covered ensuring student access, collaboration between the systems, easing transfer processes, finding efficiencies, and utilizing new technologies.  The system heads also discussed the state of K-12 education and student preparation.

"If I had one wish, I'd like to see public schools get better in California," said Reed.  "If they get better, we [CSU, UC and CCC] will get better."