Category: Higher Ed Finance Reform

Capital Finance an Important Piece of the Puzzle for California’s Higher Education Goals

New Report – Paying for Space: A Brief Framing the Issues and Opportunities in Capital Finance for Higher Education in California The debate about how much it will cost to ensure that California’s public higher education systems can meet all students’ needs often focuses on the funds needed for regular operations—items like employee salaries, benefits,…

California’s Public Universities Need Shared Metrics for Better Understanding and Decision-Making

Recent public opinion research shows an alarming trend of growing 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. California is not immune to this problem; research by the David Binder group for College Futures Foundation in particular has found growing…

Graph showing in-state tuition at the CSU from 2005-2016

Predictable Tuition Costs Would Help Families and Universities Plan for the Future

By Darcie Harvey As any parent with teenagers knows, paying for college is hard and the nagging worry of “do I have enough saved” fuels many sleepless nights. Recently, there has been heightened public dialogue about the price of public higher education and some states are exploring alternative tuition policies, including free college. However, what…

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…

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…

Teenage African American high school boy is looking at the camera with a serious expression. Student is standing in between rows of bookshelves in school library. He is wearing a backpack and casual shirt.

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,…

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…

Why We Need Higher Education Finance Reform for Our Students, Institutions, and State

California’s economic health and civil society are being imperiled by an outdated and increasingly dysfunctional approach to paying for its public university systems—the California State University and the University of California. Without change, each year many more qualified and motivated California students will be turned away from the opportunity to get a college degree.