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Report 92-25: Meeting the Challenge: Preparing for Long-Term Changes in California Higher Education, by Warren H. Fox. Report of the Executive Director to the California Postsecondary Education Commission, August 24, 1992

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

August 1992

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"Unless California's political and educational leaders can collectively and effectively respond to ... the collective impact of five major trends, we may survive the 1992-93 budget crisis only to witness damage to the long-term quality and vitality of California higher education."

This statement by Warren H. Fox, Executive Director of the California Postsecondary Education, sets the tone for his analysis of the problems confronting California's colleges and universities. In this statement to the Commission, he describes these five major challenges confronting California's colleges and universities and then offers suggestions for preparing to meet them. Among them, he emphasizes two in particular:

  1. State policy must change to allow budget priorities to be set from among the entire range of competing state programs and services. This can only happen when the automatic pilot guarantees that lock in most of the State budget are loosened, budget decisions are put back in the hands of elected representatives.
  2. Taxpayers must hold education institutions accountable, demand efficiency, and reject unjustified spending, but they must also be willing to pay reasonable prices for needed programs and services, as well as invest in the next generation of students, as the previous generation invested in us.
The Commission discussed Dr. Fox's report at its meeting of August 24, 1992.
Related Topics: Enrollment Demand and Capacity Analysis | Commission Operations

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