The California Master Plan for Higher Education of 1960 is a testament to California’s commitment to accessible, affordable, high quality higher education. However, much has changed in California since the state detailed its vision for higher education 57 years ago. Population growth, increased diversity, technological advancement, and the rise of new industries have altered student needs and boosted demand for higher education.
State Assemblyman Marc Berman convened a first hearing this week for the committee planning the future of higher education in California. The Assembly Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California will update a master plan dating back to 1960 that guides policy at institutions ranging from Foothill College to UC Berkeley.
Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) hosted the first hearing of the Assembly Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in Sacramento, California this passing Wednesday.
Easing overcrowding and curbing the costs of attending California’s three systems of public higher education were among the issues on the table as state legislators Thursday opened a lengthy process to update the state’s Master Plan for Higher Education.
A special Assembly Select Committee held the first of what are expected to be five hearings around the state over the next year on ways to improve California’s 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education. Officials said it then could take at least six years in all to develop and approve concrete reforms and possible changes in admissions eligibility.