December 7, 2009 – CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed recently went before the members of the Joint Committee on the Master Plan. The Chancellor’s presentation “California’s Master Plan: Today & Tomorrow”, outlines why CSU leadership believes the promises of the higher education Master Plan, particularly relating to funding, must be restored in order to preserve the vision of the original Master Plan and California’s future prosperity. The presentation and remarks given by the Chancellor are available for viewing.
California’s Master Plan: Today & Tomorrow
Presentation to the Joint Committee on the Master Plan
Remarks by Chancellor Charles B. Reed
December 7, 2009
Full remarks (See below)
Thank You Assembly Member Ruskin and Senator Negrete McLeod.
I am glad to be here with you today to discuss just what kind of California we all want for ourselves, children and generations ahead of us.
I know my colleagues agree that we face a crisis. We are all three glad to know that you and the members of the Joint master Plan Committee are willing to take a leadership role in changing the destiny of California.
My remarks today are meant to provide you my general observations; I leave the specifics for future hearings dedicated to the four topics you identified in your letter.
What I do want to say is pretty simple. The Master Plan is not broken – the framework and its core principles are the right ones.
What has been lost is the commitment and will to support higher education and our students – and we need to get that back.
California’s Master Plan is a model that most value and work to replicate. We did not become the 8th largest economy by accident – but the vision and commitment to the Master Plan has given us the human capital that brought us where we are today.
What better promise than giving anyone who wants to work hard the chance to attend a high quality, affordable college or university?
I see no need to revise its core tenets – but hope we are all willing to consider HOW we are going to deliver that promise in the future
What I worry about is whether we will keep this promise to our students today and tomorrow.
The Master Plan is based on a partnership – between all of us on this panel and all of you making budget decisions.
Without funding we cannot deliver; and without recovery and reinvestment California will effectively say that we can no longer keep the promise envisioned 50 years ago.
Our options – reduce enrollment, raise fees or reduction programs and services (and in turn the people that provide them) – are not our preference and not without consequences for all of us.
The next few charts tell our story.
Today CSU is receiving almost the same level of funding we were receiving in 1999-2000 even as costs have increased and demand for higher education grows. (Slide 5)
This chart brings together access and quality. (Slide 6)
CSU has done all we can to maintain the Master Plan promise for qualified students – even in years where the funding was not there for courses, programs and services.
We cannot do that anymore without eroding the quality of CSU including the ability to ensure that once enrolled students can in fact achieve their goals in an effective and efficient manner.
And my final slide shows the impact of budget cuts has on student fees. (Slide 7)
We have gone from $11,000 to less than $5,000 from the General Fund per student; student fees have increased on Net Student Fee revenue per student from $1,500 to $4,000.
While I believe that federal, state and institutional aid programs and new federal tax credit in fact protects affordability for those who need it, I do believe that this reinforces my message.
Funding is critical for the Master Plan to work.
Hans Johnson and PPIC have done a great job in quantifying the changes in our economy, and the workforce we need to prepare for the future. The simple message – we need more college graduates not less.
CSU can help deliver what the state needs with:
- Over 92,000 graduates a year
- Access for two out of three CCC transfers
- A breadth and depth of programs, and delivery methods that respond to the demand
The next three charts demonstrate what CSU delivers for the state. (Slides 9, 10, 11)
This is date from a study in 2004 which we are in the process of updating and should have for you next spring. (Slide 9) We deliver and stand ready to keep doing so.
This chart (Slide 10) is one of my favorites given that it shows the work we are doing in preparing the people that help the people of this state:
- Education including teachers, principals and district leaders;
- Criminal justice in our state and local systems;
- Social workers to help children and families; and finally the public administration professionals who run our federal, state and local government programs and services.
And lastly (Slide 11), CSU does in fact ensure that ALL Californians have access to college and their dreams.
We expect these numbers to be even better when we report next spring.
The Early Assessment Program (EAP) – Improves student preparation
- 346,000 high school students VOLUNTARILY participate annually
- And now we are expanding to the CCC with the leadership of Jack Scott
Closing the Achievement Gap
- Identify and replicate best practices
- 11 campuses are working with school districts
- 15 seminars statewide for pre-9th graders
We also believe that we have a responsibility to ensure that ALL students have an opportunity; to give them a chance to qualify and succeed.
Parent Institute for Quality Education
- All 23 campuses
- Since 1987 over 350,000 parents, students
- 72 churches in 2009; 100 next year
Road to College
- 2nd tour next year
- Doubling length and increasing stops
We all have responsibility to clear the path for students, reduce impediments to their goals.
- LDTPs, Intersegmental Transfer workgroup
- AA transfer degree works
Student Advising and Support
- Campus-based programs and services to help students from all backgrounds and experiences.
Facilitate Graduation – Immediate
- Super Seniors
- Evaluate degree requirements
- Reduce course repeats
- Progress to degree audits
- No need to change Master Plan
- Need to restore partnership with all of us to make it real again
You can do that by:
- Adopting the recovery and reinvestment budgets for us
- Support, encourage, and do not impede change or opportunities to find ways to do the job the Master Plan asks us to deliver