Public Affairs, The California State University

CSU, UC and CCC Leaders Talk Collaboration

by Elizabeth Chapin

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, University of California President Janet Napolitano and California Community College Chancellor Brice W. Harris
CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, University of California President Janet Napolitano and California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris discuss system partnerships during the March 26 CSU Board of Trustees meeting.

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, University of California President Janet Napolitano and California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris gave a joint presentation about collaboration among the three systems of higher education during the CSU Board of Trustees meeting March 26.

The three leaders highlighted a number of efforts that are leading to extended collaboration among the systems including shared administrative services, contracts and streamlining student transfer pathways.

The event marked the most recent of several joint appearances this year—the three also appeared earlier this month before the California Community College Board of Governors and before the University of California Regents in January.

The joint appearances have demonstrated a shared commitment to revitalizing California’s Master Plan for Higher Education to meet the changing needs of the state’s workforce.

“We have committed to work relentlessly to reinvigorate California’s commitment to public higher education,” White said. “Part of that revitalization must come from working better together by drawing on the combined size, resources, talents and capabilities of our institutions.”

Plenty of progress has already been made since the trio addressed the UC Regents in January. Later this year, CSU East Bay will host the California Public Higher Education Collaborative Financial and Administrative Services Conference, the first conference examining partnerships and collaborative efforts between the three systems.

Last year, the CSU and UC also held the first-ever UC-CSU Shared Services Conference. The first joint conference on shared services brought employees from throughout the CSU and UC systems together to discuss best practices, proposals, pilot projects and ways to improve current partnerships.