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Consequences of Neglect: Performance Trends in California Higher Education

Yesterday, the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy released a report titled “Consequences of Neglect: Performance Trends in California Higher Education.” The opening paragraph of the report’s executive summary reads:

California lawmakers have found it increasingly difficult to protect the state’s investment in its colleges and universities over the last decade despite the growing evidence that the state needs far more of its citizens to earn postsecondary credentials. Additionally, California higher education continues to operate without effective coordination and with no state-level planning, despite continued calls for the state to set goals and develop plans to ensure that its colleges and universities will drive 21st Century economic competitiveness and social well-being. This report demonstrates the consequences of resting on reputations and policies of yesteryear. California is nowhere near a leader on the measures of higher education performance that the nation’s governors and educational leaders have been tracking for over a decade. We are average, at best, and trending downward.

The report is available online at:

The Los Angeles Times has an article about the report, available online at:

Inside Higher Ed took notice as well. See:

The New York Times says California’s higher ed suffered the deepest cuts

Here is an excerpt from an article in yesterday’s New York Times titled “California Cuts Weigh Heavily on Its Colleges”:

The compromise to close the state’s huge budget gap included cuts  to state agencies of all kinds, but none were as deep as those to
the state’s public colleges and universities… “There’s no question that California has had the most emulated public universities in the nation, and for the rest of the world,” said Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education. “What we are seeing is the abandonment of the state’s commitment to make California’s education available to all its citizens.” … While states across the country have tightened their belts, none of their higher education cuts have matched the severity of California’s, Dr. Hartle said.

The article also references the brain drain of faculty leaving UC for greener pastures in Texas, the inability of UCR to get its medical school accredited, and other recent hot topics. The full article is available at:


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