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Report 92-29: Eligibility and Participation at California's Public Universities Through the Year 2006: Projections by the Staff of the California Postsecondary Education Commission

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

October 1992

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Growth in the size of California's high school graduating classes, coupled with continuing changes in the racial/ethnic composition of these classes and improved rates of eligibility for freshman admission to the State's public universities, can be expected to generate greater enrollment demand at these institutions over the coming decade. This staff report describes the potential enrollment demand of public high school graduates eligible for the University of California and the California State University through the year 2006, using two different assumptions about the eligibility rates of future high school graduates.

In the report, the staff points out the likelihood that the Senate will be unable through the current General Fund appropriations process to support the expansion in enrollments that will be needed to satisfy this demand. The losses to the State of failing to develop the same proportion of its human capital as in the past could adversely affect its competitive edge in the national and international markets as well as its own tax base for supporting essential public services, not to mention its opportunity to create a socially and politically coherent society. Thus the staff believes that impressing California's policy makers with the dire consequences of inadequately funding public postsecondary educational opportunities should be a Commission imperative.

The Commission discussed this report at its meeting on October 19, 1992.


Related Topics: Enrollment Demand and Capacity Analysis | Eligibility for UC and CSU, Admission Policies | College-going and Preparation for Higher Education
 

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