Report 93-21: Who Will Take Responsibility for the Future of California Higher Education? A Statement by Clark Kerr to the California Postsecondary Education Commission, October 25, 1993
Published by The California Postsecondary Education CommissionOctober 1993View Full Publication
In these comments to the California Postsecondary Education Commission, Clark Kerr explains why California higher education now faces the most severe financial crisis in its history, and he outlines four options before the State's colleges and universities:
- Continued budget cutbacks, with California's public institutions of higher education battling other State agencies and each other for the "unprotected" 15 percent of the State budget that the Legislature and Governor control;
- Ad hoc and stop-gap palliatives by postponing faculty appointments, library acquisitions, plant maintenance, and other expenditures -- despite their long-term costs;
- Leaving sole leadership on the future of higher education to the Legislature -- and then complaining about the Legislature's decisions; or
- Assuming leadership in proposing solutions that should be brought to the attention of the State's policy makers, including the Legislature.
Related Topics: Enrollment Demand and Capacity Analysis
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