“A recent report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), entitled “Best Laid Plans: The Unfulfilled Promise of Public Higher Education”, explores a fair number of problems the California college system faces.”
“The report states openly and rightly the problems that California’s public colleges face are not primarily a function of declining revenues. As it notes, the real danger is a fundamental failure by todays trustees and system leaders to apply the same creativity and thoughtfulness that informed the Master Plan to a new world of reduced resources and a shrinking tax base.”
“The behemoth California college system has been fed an enormous amount of money, but there is obviously a limit to how much more the citizens can provide.”
Agreed. Trustees at our institutions need to be focused on preservation of student access to educational opportunity and there should be no sacred cows to do so. Administrative salary levels and bloat in numbers have increased substantially along with perks/benefits well above those in the private sector. With reduced revenues we must do more with less, not less with less.