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Master Plan of Higher Education - Dec. 9, 2009

December 8, 2009                 
Dear Colleagues,
Yesterday, Chancellor Jack Scott testified before the Joint Legislative Committee for the Master Plan of Higher Education.  Appearing alongside him were California State University Chancellor Charles Reed and University of California President Mark Yudof.  Also appearing before the panel was De Anza College President Brian Murphy.  President Murphy served as the chief consultant for Joint Committee for the Review of the Master Plan in the mid-1980’s.    
During this hearing, the segment leaders shared the common perspective that California's fiscal crises is putting at risk the ideals in the state’s 1960 Master Plan.  Chancellor Scott underscored why it is vitally important that the governor and legislature understand that “although California’s system of higher education may not have been killed with a lethal blow, it has been wounded by a thousand cuts.”  He pointed out that the state’s community colleges are wrestling with record enrollments and shrinking resources.
The University of California, California State University and California Community College systems worked together on a statewide media effort to communicate to hundreds of thousands of Californians the message about the need to invest in higher education.  A press briefing was held immediately following the testimony by the segment leaders and was attended by nearly every statewide media outlet.  The effort was a tremendous success.  Below you will find a sampling of the vast coverage we received.  We’ll continue to send media updates on the Master Plan coverage to you over the next couple of days.  Please feel free to engage your local media in the story if they haven’t already covered it.  If needed, The Office of Communications is more than happy to help with speaking points and story angles.  Just let us know…

If you have a spare moment, we invite you to review Chancellor Scott’s testimony.  Have a great week!


Paige Marlatt Dorr
Director of Communications
California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
1102 Q Street, Sacramento, California 95811, Fourth Floor | 916.445.8752

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