Turn out, Speak out! Nov. 1 Public Hearings on the Master Plan for Higher Education

On November 1, San José State will the site of the second in a series of hearings by the state Assembly’s Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California. CFA urges faculty, students, the CSU community to turn out and speak out.

  • Wednesday, November 1, 9:30 am-Noon
  • Student Union Theater, San José State U.

“The Master Plan, which created our public higher education system, deserves serious attention,” said Lillian Taiz, chair of CFA’s Political Action and Legislation Committee.

She added, “We hope that what comes out of these hearings is a recognition that California’s success is intimately connected with the success of the Master Plan. So it is important that we show up and speak out for our vision of widely accessible, free, public higher education.”

Since CFA released its study “Equity Interrupted: How California is Cheating Its Future” in 2016, the union has been raising a key finding in public hearings—that as the student body has become more diverse, state funding per student has declined.

“It is vital that we remind the California legislature at hearings like this one that there will not be equity in our society, nor will there be the educated workforce the economy needs, until we restore public funding so that today’s CSU students get the same quality education that students got 30 years ago when the student body was predominantly white,” Taiz asserted.

What do we mean when we say free public higher education?

In the Fall 2017 issue of California Faculty magazine, CFA President Jennifer Eagan explains why CSU faculty must be strong advocates for the values that underlie California’s Master Plan for Higher Education.

In “Back to the Master Plan,” Eagan notes that while there is a seismic upsurge in public policy action on free public higher education, we need to dig deeper to uncover, “How do these ‘free’ higher education plans stack up in the real world? What does ‘free’ mean in terms of policy?”