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Report 99-3: A Bridge to the Future: Higher Education Planning for the Next Century

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

September 1999

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This report documents and summarizes the recommendations contained in five major reports on California higher education that were produced in recent years by various agencies and organizations. They are:

  1. The Challenge of the Century: Planning for Record Student Enrollment and Improved Outcomes in California Postsecondary Education, published in 1995, by the California Postsecondary Education Commission;
  2. Shared Responsibility, published in June 1996, by the California Higher Education Policy Center;
  3. Breaking the Social Contract, published in 1997, by the Rand Corporation's Council for Aid to Education;
  4. California At the Crossroads: Investing in Higher Education for California's Future, published in November 1998, by the California Education Roundtable; and
  5. Toward a State of Learning: California Higher Education for the Twenty-First Century, published in March 1999, by the California Citizens Commission on Higher Education.
This report serves to inform the Commission's planning efforts as it updates The Challenge of the Century. This document is also intended to be a useful resource tool to inform policy makers and others involved in higher education planning about the variety of alternative courses of action available to address the critical issues facing California higher education in the 21st century.

The Commission adopted this report at its meeting on August 23, 1999.

Related Topics: Enrollment Demand and Capacity Analysis

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