At hearing on Higher Ed Master Plan, CFA says more grads requires better funding

“Ironically even though there is substantial evidence that California cannot keep pace with the workforce demands of our economy, each year tens of thousands of qualified students are being turned away from the CSU.”

CFA Political Action & Legislation Chair Lillian Taiz delivered that message to a public hearing of the state Assembly’s Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California last week.

The hearing, hosted at San José State U., was the second in a series on the status of the Master Plan, which framed the creation of the California’s world-acclaimed public higher education system. This hearing focused on the role of public higher education in meeting workforce needs.

As CFA has raised repeatedly in settings such as this hearing, Taiz emphasized that the state has not provided the necessary funding to the CSU, and that is preventing it from meeting work force needs among many other things. Without that funding, no trick or policy will provide the necessary student access to getting a degree. 

Noting that public higher education has been a key element in California’s extraordinary success in past decades, Taiz told the hearing, “Unfortunately, this record of success has been put at risk by years of disinvestment, an increasing reliance on rising student tuition, and the resultant choking off of access to this great engine of our economy.”

See video of the hearing. More hearings will be scheduled in 2018 on other aspects of the Master Plan. 

PHOTO: Before the Assembly hearing began on the San José State U. campus, students rallied to call for a return to the principles of California’s Master Plan for Public Higher Education, which  envisioned broad access to public higher education for all Californians. Yvette Schopp, a student at Stanislaus State, was among the speakers.