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Resource: Counting Past Each Other: How Inconsistent Reporting Creates Confusion about Higher Education Finance

Download   Recent public opinion research shows an alarming trend of rising public mistrust of our nation’s colleges and universities—a mistrust sparked by increases in tuitions and the perception of eroding value of higher education. Underlying these concerns is a growing problem of miscommunication between state officials, institutional leaders, and the public about where money…

News and Insights: Why Do Metrics Matter?

By Darcie Harvey Nothing seems to make eyes glaze over faster than the discussion of measurement and data metrics. For someone working outside the world of data this topic can appear dry and technical; however, metrics are crucial to our basic understanding of how our public institutions of higher education are funded, whether students are…

News and Insights: Getting Off the Higher Education Finance See-Saw

By Jane Wellman A college education is one of the best investments a California family can make. A diploma from one of our public universities remains one of the greatest opportunities many families have to make a good living and contribute to a prosperous future. Many people are rightly concerned that this opportunity is increasingly…

News and Insights: Better Higher Education Budgeting for Student Access and Success

Are 1960s-era state-agency budgeting practices hobbling smarter decisions that could make room for California’s next generation of students? Higher education finance in California needs to be reformed, and reforming the way budgets are built is a good place to start. Despite huge changes in revenues, student populations, and demand since the Master Plan for Higher…

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News and Insights: Underrepresented Students Get Hit Hardest When Public University Access is Cut

Low-income and first-generation college students are California’s future. Most come from racial/ethnic groups that have been underrepresented in higher education—and they are the majority of high school graduates today. But recent increases in enrollment and degree completion among historically underrepresented groups are not happening fast enough to keep pace with population changes. At the same time,…

News and Insights: Webinar on Securing the Public Trust: Practical Steps toward Higher Education Finance Reform in California

All California students deserve the opportunity to get a high-quality four-year college education. But that promise is being broken every day because California’s system for financing its public universities is not working on behalf of students. Learn more about the report Securing the Public Trust: Practical Steps toward Higher Education Finance Reform in California, which…