California Leads in Promoting Higher Education Equality

Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine
Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine co-chair the California Coalition for Public Higher Education. Ackerman is a former California State Senator and Assemblyman, and Levine is a former U.S. Congressman and State Assemblyman.

Recently, a leading New York educator lamented that “too many academically talented children” from low income families are “shut out of college or turned away from selective universities”.   This is a national problem, but one where California is making progress that should be a model for the nation. The latest good news on this front […]

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State Needs to Step Up for Higher Education

Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine
Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine co-chair the California Coalition for Public Higher Education. Ackerman is a former California State Senator and Assemblyman, and Levine is a former U.S. Congressman and State Assemblyman.

The polls are in and University of California campuses are slipping.  We are not talking about football or basketball, but about academics.  In the most recent international survey of higher education, UC campuses dropped in 80 categories.  Clearly, the severe fiscal diets imposed on UC and the California State University systems by Sacramento lawmakers have begun to take their toll. Make […]

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Higher Education Adds Up

Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine
Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine co-chair the California Coalition for Public Higher Education. Ackerman is a former California State Senator and Assemblyman, and Levine is a former U.S. Congressman and State Assemblyman.

The numbers tell the story.  California’s high schools are turning out more college eligible students than ever before and our community colleges, the University of California and the California State University system are making headway to accommodate increased demand.  The only lagging indicator is State funding for UC and CSU. The state produced 420,000 high school graduates […]

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Californians Value Public Higher Education

Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine
Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine co-chair the California Coalition for Public Higher Education. Ackerman is a former California State Senator and Assemblyman, and Levine is a former U.S. Congressman and State Assemblyman.

Californians recognize the high quality of education provided by our public colleges and universities, but most Californians want college education to be more affordable.  The way to do that is for the State to restore the cuts that have been made in public higher education funding over the past four decades. A new poll by […]

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Big Picture Focus Needed for Higher Education

Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine
Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine co-chair the California Coalition for Public Higher Education. Ackerman is a former California State Senator and Assemblyman, and Levine is a former U.S. Congressman and State Assemblyman.

Almost six decades ago, California adopted the Master Plan for Higher Education that has produced the most successful public higher education system in the world.  The challenge is how we maintain and build on that success. One positive sign is that the State Assembly has convened a Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher […]

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The University of California Doesn’t Need Fixing

Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine
Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine co-chair the California Coalition for Public Higher Education. Ackerman is a former California State Senator and Assemblyman, and Levine is a former U.S. Congressman and State Assemblyman.

“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”  Sacramento lawmakers ought to keep that adage in mind before they adopt legislation to “fix” the University of California.  The last thing the University needs is micromanaging by the Legislature. For more than 50 years, under California’s Master Plan for Higher Education, UC has been the linchpin of […]

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Adequate Cal State Funding Can Ease Teacher Shortage

Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine
Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine co-chair the California Coalition for Public Higher Education. Ackerman is a former California State Senator and Assemblyman, and Levine is a former U.S. Congressman and State Assemblyman.

Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine co-chair the California Coalition for Public Higher Education. Ackerman is a former California State Senator and Assemblyman, and Levine is a former U.S. Congressman and State Assemblyman. California has a severe shortage of teachers and one of the reasons we aren’t producing more instructors is the failure to adequately fund […]

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Higher Education Is A State Responsibility

Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine
Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine co-chair the California Coalition for Public Higher Education. Ackerman is a former California State Senator and Assemblyman, and Levine is a former U.S. Congressman and State Assemblyman.

Both the University of California and the California State University system are in the process of instituting increases in tuition and fees to help maintain educational quality and keep the doors open to worthy students.  Both systems are acting responsibly, but these increases also underscore the failure of the State to do its part in […]

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State Has The Funds To Boost Higher Education

Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine
Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine co-chair the California Coalition for Public Higher Education. Ackerman is a former California State Senator and Assemblyman, and Levine is a former U.S. Congressman and State Assemblyman.

The State’s coffers are in good shape.  The Legislative Analyst projects an $11 billion surplus in 2017-18, including $2.8 billion in discretionary reserves that the Legislature can approve for any purposes.  At least half of that discretionary money should be reinvested in California’s system of public higher education. On November 8, voters approved measures that […]

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UC Stays On Top

Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine
Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine co-chair the California Coalition for Public Higher Education. Ackerman is a former California State Senator and Assemblyman, and Levine is a former U.S. Congressman and State Assemblyman.

The polls are in, and the University of California dominates—in academics, not football. UC Berkeley and UCLA sit atop the new U.S. News and World Report rankings of the top public universities in the nation. Six of the top ten public universities are UC schools, and all nine UC campuses made the list of America’s […]

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