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Report 91-9: The California Maritime Academy and the California State University: A Report to the Legislature and the Department of Finance in Response to Supplemental Report Language of the 1990 Budget Act

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

April 1991

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In the Supplement Report of the 1990 Budget Act, the California Legislature directed the Commission to study the existing administrative and governance structure of the California maritime Academy and the Academy's relation to the California State University as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the State University's Trustees assuming more responsibility for the governance of the Academy. Including incorporating the Academy into the State University as the State University's twenty-first campus or as a satellite to an existing campus.

In this report, the Commission responds to that legislative request. It provides background information on the Academy, its current governance, and its distinctive educational mission. It then reviews the Academy's relations with the State University -- currently limited to an interagency agreement for legal and legislative representation. It weighs the pros and cons of merging the Academy with the State University; and it then recommends that the "Academy continue to be governed by a separate independent Board of Governors, but that the Board take action to strengthen its leadership role in establishing policy for the Academy." The Commission thus recommends that the Board seek to involve itself in planning and goal setting for the academy, to insure its development as a higher education institution that serves the needs of all Californians seeking a maritime career," and the Commission offers a number of specific suggestions to achieve that goal.

The Commission adopted this report at its meeting on April 28, 1991, on recommendation of its Policy Development Committee.

Related Topics: Budgeting and Financing of Higher Education

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