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Report 89-15: Planning Our Future: A Staff Background Paper on Long-Range Enrollment and Facilities Planning in California Public Higher Education

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

April 1989

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This background paper on long-range enrollment and facilities planning in California's public segments of higher education was prepared by Kirk L. Knutsen of the Commission staff with the assistance of Wanda Yanez, a student intern at the Commission.

The paper has two primary purposes:

  1. To establish a policy framework within which the Commission will examine and assess the planning processes of the segments; and
  2. To describe the processes and identify the major differences among the segments for (1) short term enrollment planning, as utilized for State capital outlay and institutional long-range planning purposes, and (3) ongoing capital outlay planning.
Part One of the paper explains the reasons for the Commission's interest in long-range planning. Part Two offers an overview of planning priorities and problems. Parts Three and Four discuss population projections for California through the year 2020 and long-range enrollment projections for California's three segments of public higher education -- the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges. Parts Five and Six explain the segments' enrollment and capital outlay planning processes; Part Seven describes the State budgeting process for the segments; and Part Eight offers ten conclusions about all of these processes.

The Commission discussed this paper at its meeting on April 17, 1989.

Related Topics: Enrollment Demand and Capacity Analysis

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