January 16, 2011 (Sacramento) -- Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove) will lead the first in a series of oversight hearings to examine the extent to which California’s higher education system meets the needs of students and our economy amid impending budget cuts. The first hearing will be held Tuesday, January 18th at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol (Room 437) but will also be available via an online webcast at http://www.assembly.ca.gov/committee_hearings/defaulttext.asp.
Governor Brown’s 2011-2012 budget (http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/) proposes an approximately $1.8 billion reduction to California’s public higher education system over the 2010-11 funding level.
Tuesday’s hearing will focus on the issue of quality: how quality is defined by each higher education segment, how each segment plans to maintain a specified level of quality in light of the impending budget cuts, and specific actions that have been taken to increase academic efficiencies in this era of diminishing resources.
The Committee will hear testimony from the Legislative Analyst’s Office and leaders from the California State University, the University of California and the California Community College systems.