Securing the Public Trust: Practical Steps toward Higher Education Finance Reform in California


The system for financing our public universities in California isn’t working. If we want our next generation of students to succeed and if we want our state to be competitive in the global economy, we will need to tackle this issue. We must start by building a shared understanding between public policy makers and higher education leaders of the problem as well as practical ways to solve it.

This framing report from College Futures Foundation aims to support a candid, productive dialogue by presenting a comprehensive analysis of the higher education finance issue and offering a framework for reform.

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