California Higher Education

California Higher Education

The Master Plan for Higher Education in California, produced in 1960, provided a forward-looking strategy for handling the challenges then facing the state. Today, California is at another critical juncture with respect to higher education, particularly in terms of workforce skills and the state's budget. The Master Plan was a visionary document for its time, but must be updated to reflect the changed economic, demographic and financial environment of the current century. California’s economic future will depend on the outcome.

Higher Education photo courtesy of the University of California: Students in Lecture Hall created by Erik Jepsen, UC San Diego Publications


Sean Randolph, PhD
Sean Randolph, PhD
Economic Institute Senior Director

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Revisiting the key components of the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education in California is important to closing the education skills gap and ensuring equity, opportunity and California's future prosperity. Moving in the direction outlined in this analysis will put the state on a firm path toward closing the impending workforce skills gap and will provide residents with the increased economic mobility and opportunity that come with higher education.