California Higher Education Leaders Commit to More Cooperation

University of California President Janet Napolitano, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White and California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris told UC regents last week that they want to break through some of the walls set up by the state's 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education, reports the Los Angeles Times. 

The leaders agreed to work cooperatively, particularly in transferring students. Napolitano said she hoped the systems would create a "student-centered" website that would track the progress of community college students and keep them on course to transfer to UC and Cal State. In addition, Harris said the three systems want to run an outreach program that would inform middle-school students and their families about college-going possibilities and financial aid. 

Among other things, the master plan gave UC control over doctoral degrees and professional schools, allowed open access to community college and set higher admissions standards at Cal State and UC, the Times noted.

 

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