On August 14, the Assembly Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California, chaired by Assemblymember Berman (Palo Alto), will meet at the State Capitol to discuss higher education finance in California. The agenda can be viewed online.

The hearing will consist of two panels. The first panel will provide an overview of the budget process for community colleges, CSUs, and UCs, as well as discuss higher education finance challenges. Speakers on this panel will include the Legislative Analyst’s Office and Monica Lozano, President and CEO of College Futures Foundation.

The second panel will discuss California’s financial aid system. Speakers will include the Legislative Analyst’s Office, Lupita Cortez Alcalá, Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission, and Robert Shireman, Senior Fellow with the Century Foundation.

In 1960, California developed a visionary plan for the future of higher education, known as the Master Plan. However, much has changed since 1960 – population growth, increased student diversity, a change in leading industries and their need for talent, as well as in the field of education itself. Technological advancements and the rise of new industries have altered student needs and boosted demand for higher education. As a result, our higher education system needs to respond to a host of issues never previously envisioned.

The Select Committee was established in March of last year to conduct a thorough review of the 1960 Master Plan. This hearing is the fifth of five planned hearings over the 2017-2018 Legislative Session and is the first step in a multi-year endeavor to ensure that the Master Plan reflects the needs of students in the 21st century economy.

For more information about the Select Committee for the Master Plan for Higher Education in California, as well as to watch previous hearings and view materials, please visit https://a24.asmdc.org/camasterplan.