Public Affairs, The California State University

Investing in California’s Fabric

By Stephanie Thara

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White joined University of California President Janet Napolitano and California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris to discuss the rebuilding and reinvestment in public higher education during the 20th Annual Higher Education Government Relations Conference in San Francisco on Dec. 13.

Hosted by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the conference allowed college and university leaders from across the nation to work collaboratively on ways to meet state educational, workforce and economic objectives and advance higher education as a state investment priority.

AASCUThe panel, which was moderated by San Francisco State President Leslie E. Wong, marked the first joint appearance of all three California segment leaders. The session highlighted topics such as broadening access to higher education through inclusivity, strengthening California’s Master Plan and integrating technology into curriculum.

“Technology is one more arrow in our quiver to bring learning alive for our students,” said White. “Interactive experiences are key and online can do the ‘ABCs’ but not the rest. Our faculty use a multifaceted approach to ensure our students can compete and have the skills to navigate culturally and otherwise in a global economy.”

Following the panel discussion, White, Napolitano and Harris met with media to speak about state and federal issues impacting higher education and ways to maximize the effectiveness of government relations.

“We need to reinvigorate how we offer instruction and we need to renew public interest in publicly funded higher education,” said White. “Higher education is the antidote to poverty, crime and violence. An investment in higher education is an investment in the fabric of California.”