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Report · April 2010

Higher Education in California: New Goals for the Master Plan

Hans Johnson

California’s Master Plan for Higher Education defined a strategy to meet the state’s needs in 1960-but today, California faces new challenges. By 2025, the state will have one million fewer college-educated workers than the economy will require, according to PPIC projections. Updating the Master Plan is crucial to closing this skills gap. This report proposes that the plan set explicit new goals in several key areas, including UC and CSU eligibility levels, community college transfers to four-year institutions, and college completion rates.

Supported with funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as part of the California 2025 project on the state’s future challenges and opportunities.


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Public Policy Institute of California