College and University Leaders Help Lawmakers Revise State's Master Plan for Higher Education

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 7, 2009
California’s top college officials are outlining their goals for the future and they’ve told a state legislative committee today (Monday) that money is their top concern. 

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports from Sacramento...
UC President Mark Yudof, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott told lawmakers they’re struggling to serve more students with fewer state dollars. 

They’re urging lawmakers to restore more than two-and-a-half-billion dollars that were recently cut from higher education. 

But, the non-partisan legislative analyst says the state faces a 21-billion dollar deficit over the next two years. 

CSU’s Reed says lawmakers need to find a way to come up with the money...
Reed: “We need to present the needs of these universities and community colleges and the others need to make the priority decisions about how the revenue is going to come to fund it...”
The officials were at the capitol to help revise the state’s 50-year-old master plan for higher education. 

They say minor tweaks are needed.