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Meeting Resources: December 4-5, 2007

Regular Meeting of the Full Commission

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Agenda Items

All times listed are approximate. If a separate link to the audio is not available for an item, use the closest previous one.

Day / Time Item No. Item More Info Report Presentation Discussion
Tuesday, 9:00 1 Minutes of the September Meeting   Read   Listen
     Report of the Chair        
     Report of the Executive Director     View  
 10:00   Presentation by Jennifer Paluch, Public Policy Institute of California View   View Listen
 10:45   Report of the Statutory Advisory Committee       Listen
 11:00 2 Legislative Update, December 2007 View Read   Listen
 11:15   Presentation by Dr. Gary Hoachlander, ConnectEd View   View Listen
 12:00   Lunch        
 1:30   Presentation by Dr. Reinhold Weiss, German Federal Institute View   View Listen
 2:30 3 The Nexus Between Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development View Read View Listen
   4 Adult Basic Skills Proficiency Levels View Read View Listen
   5 Improving Teacher Quality 2007 Grant Awards   Read View Listen
     Other Business        
 5:00   Adjournment        
Wednesday, 8:45 6 High School Proficiency Levels View Read View Listen
   7 Percent of the Population with High School Diplomas View Read View Listen
   8 Proficiency Levels in English and Mathematics View Read View Listen
   9 Meeting the K-14 Challenge View Read   Listen
   10 Percent of Unmet Need in Paying the Cost of College View Read View Listen
   11 Policy Options View Read View Listen
 12:30   Other Business       Listen
 1:00   Executive Session        
 1:30   Adjournment        

Commission Members at this Meeting: Attendance and Voting Record

Commissioner Attendance Voting Record
Day 1 Day 2 Item 1Item 3Item 6Item 7Item 8Item 9Item 10Item 11
Olivia K. Singh, Chair
Public (Senate Rules)
Present Present YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
John P. Perez, Vice Chair
Public (Assembly Speaker)
Present Present YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Joseph P. Bishop
Student (Governor)
Present Present **YesYesYes*YesYesYes**YesYes
George T. Caplan
Public (Assembly Speaker)
Present Present YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Lawrence T. Geraty
System (Independent Colleges and Universities)
Present Present Yes**YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Melinda Guzman
System (California State University)
Present Present YesYesNoYesYesNo Yes
Deborah Malumed
System (California Community Colleges)
Absent Absent         
Hugo Morales
Public (Senate Rules)
Present Present YesYesYes**YesYes**YesYesYes
George W. Nickel, III
Public (Senate Rules)
Present Present YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Kenneth A. Noonan
System (Board of Education)
Absent Absent         
Ralph R. Pesqueira
Public (Governor)
Present Present *YesYes**YesYesYesNoYesYes
H. Eric Schockman
Public (Governor)
Present Present YesYesYesYes**YesAbstainYes**Yes
Bruce D. Varner
System (University of California)
Present Absent Yes       
Howard Welinsky
Public (Assembly Speaker)
Present Present YesYes*YesYes*Yes*Yes*Yes*Yes
Ruth Bloom, Alternate
System (Board of Education)
Absent Absent         
Carol R. Chandler, Alternate
System (California State University)
Absent Absent         
Odessa P. Johnson, Alternate
System (University of California)
Absent Present   YesYesYesNo Yes
Carolyn Russell, Alternate
System (California Community Colleges)
Present Present  *YesYesYesYesAbstainYesYes
J. Alfred Smith, Sr., Alternate
System (California Community Colleges)
Absent Absent         
Total13 13 12/0/0 12/0/0 12/1/0 13/0/0 13/0/0 8/3/2 11/0/0 13/0/0
 * Motioned
** Seconded
Ballot Count: Yes/No/Abstained

More Information About Items

  • Presentation by Jennifer Paluch, Survey Project Manager, Public Policy Institute of California
    Jennifer Paluch, research associate with the Public Policy Institute of California, will discuss the results of a recent survey examining the attitudes of Californians about higher education. Ms. Paluch will focus her discussion on issues pertaining to college affordability and other topics covered by the survey.
    Presented by: Jennifer Paluch
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  • Item 2: Legislative Update, December 2007
    This item provides an update on the priority higher education legislation, including recent amendments, as well as a matrix of all bills that were tracked by Commission staff throughout the 2007 year. (Action)
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    Presented by: Sherri Orland
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  • Presentation by Dr. Gary Hoachlander, President of ConnectEd
    Dr. Hoachlander, of ConnectEd, the California Center for College and Career, will present to the Commission the organization’s work in bringing together preparation for college and work through “multiple pathways.” ConnectEd focuses on K-12 education but also deeply involves community colleges and is important to all postsecondary institutions. Dr. Hoachlander will explain the concept of “multiple pathways,” describe and identify schools where model programs are being demonstrated, and explain how the Commission may be able to support the efforts of ConnectEd.
    Presented by: Dr. Gary Hoachlander
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  • Presentation by Dr. Reinhold Weiss, Deputy President of the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training
    Dr. Reinhold Weiss visits the Commission at the suggestion of Commissioner Eric Schockman. An arm of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Institute conducts research on and develops vocational education and training. Its goal is providing individuals with qualifications for economic security and employability and ensuring the competitiveness of German business and industry. Dr. Weiss, research director for the Institute, will discuss the German systems of secondary and postsecondary education and how they are connected to workforce development in that nation.
    Presented by: Dr. Reinhold Weiss
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  • Item 3: The Nexus Between Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development – Conclusions and Policy Options
    This report is the fourth and final paper in the research series by the Commission on the nexus between postsecondary education and workforce development. Prior reports have reviewed the overall context, considered the concerns of employers regarding whether postsecondary education is doing enough to ensure California has a competitive workforce, and looked at the existing workforce activities of the postsecondary institutions in the state. This report summarizes conclusions that can be drawn from the research. It also offers some policy options that the Commission may wish to consider, including fostering collaboration and regional approaches, and improving data. (Action)
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    Presented by: Karen Humphrey
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  • Item 4: Public Higher Education Performance Accountability Framework Report. Goal — College Readiness — Measure: Adult Basic Skills Proficiency Levels
    This report examines various adult basic skills programs within California as a measure of the Commission’s Performance Accountability Framework. This measure explores program funding and structure, enrollment and demographics, and to the extent data allows, program outcomes. (Action)
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    Presented by: Jessika Jones, Bridget Boyd, Kevin Woolfork
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  • Item 6: Public Higher Education Performance Accountability Framework Report. Goal — College Readiness — Measure: High School Proficiency Levels
    This report examines the preparation of California public high school graduates to do college-level work, based on high school coursework and state and national testing. This is the first in a series and is presented as part of the Commission’s Performance Accountability Framework for California postsecondary education. (Action)
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    Presented by: Ryan Fuller, Kevin Woolfork
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  • Item 7: Public Higher Education Performance Accountability Framework Report. Goal — College Readiness — Measure: Percent of the Population with High School Diplomas
    This report examines the way that high school completion rates vary with age and ethnicity. The percentage of young adults with a high school diploma is lower in California than in most other states. In the older age groups, completion rates are low for Latinos and Asians who entered the U.S. at school age or as adults. English language skills may be an obstacle to bringing these segments of the population up to a level where they are ready to re-enter the education system and train for more rewarding careers. (Action)
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    Presented by: Adrian Griffin
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  • Item 8: Public Higher Education Performance Accountability Framework Report. Goal — College Readiness — Measure: Proficiency Levels in English and Mathematics
    This report examines the performance of high school and middle school students on standardized tests. The results show that California is behind most other states in giving its students a high school education of the quality that prepares them for success at college. Within California, Latino and African American students and students from schools in low-income neighborhoods tend to have low test scores, indicating that the state is not delivering opportunities to qualify for higher education equally to all of its students. (Action)
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    Presented by: Adrian Griffin
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  • Item 9: Meeting the K-14 Challenge: Examining the Case for Doctoral Programs in Educational Leadership
    This report contains three policy recommendations intended to increase the likelihood that current and proposed doctoral programs in educational leadership will achieve desired results and consequences. (Action)
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    Presented by: Stacy Wilson
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  • Item 10: Public Higher Education Performance Accountability Framework Report. Goal — Access and Affordability — Measure: Percent of Unmet Need in Paying the Cost of College
    As part of its Performance Accountability Framework, the Commission has addressed ways in which to share information on the affordability of public colleges and universities for students who wish to pursue education beyond high school. This report summarizes changes in the real cost of a college education in California between 1996 and 2004. It also examines the way students at California’s colleges and universities pay for their education. (Action)
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    Presented by: Richard Moore
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  • Item 11: Public Higher Education Performance. Goal - Contributions to Economic, Civic, and Social Development — Measure: Policy Options
    This item reviews what the Commission has learned about the alignment between degree production and California’s demand for an educated workforce. It offers a series of policy options for state colleges and universities to increase enrollment and degree production. It also offers an option for policymakers to consider encouraging increased degree production in specific fields of high state priority, but for which there are shortages of qualified workers. (Action)
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    Presented by: Richard Moore
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