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Past · June 3, 2009

How Do We Close California’s Education Gap?

June 3, 2009 · 12:00 am


June 3, 2009
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
111 N. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
Forty years ago, California´s higher education system was the envy of the nation, and the state ranked high among other states for its share of young adults who held a bachelor´s degree. But that proportion has declined sharply in the decades since. As for the future, new research by the Public Policy Institute of California indicates that by 2025, the state will fall nearly one million college graduates short of the number it needs to sustain its economy. There are additional pressures on the system as well, including demographic changes caused by baby boomer retirements and an increased number of immigrants in the population.
In this context, California needs to rethink and possibly adapt its long-heralded higher education vision. What prompted California´s fall from higher education excellence, and how can it be reversed? A panel of experts as well as higher education, community, and business leaders will discuss the future of higher learning in California.
This event is co-sponsored with Zócalo Public Square and is free of charge.

Moderator: Jim Newton, Editorial Pages Editor, Los Angeles Times
Hans Johnson, Associate Director of Research, PPIC
Gary Orfield, Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Co-Director, The Civil Rights Project at UCLA
Michele Siqueiros, Executive Director, Campaign for College Opportunity


Economy K–12 Education Population