Section 66002. (Added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 1198, Sec. 1.)
Cite as: Cal. Educ. Code §66002.
The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a)The Master Plan for Higher Education in California, 1960–75, was originally prepared in 1959, and its recommendations were approved in principle by the affected governing boards of the higher education segments. Subsequently, legislation necessary to implement certain of the master plan’s provisions was enacted, including this part. A need to differentiate the functions of the segments of higher education and rapidly increasing enrollments were primary factors that motivated the creation of the master plan.
(b)Pursuant to Resolution Chapter 285 of the Statutes of 1970, and Resolution Chapter 232 of the Statutes of 1971, a joint committee of the Legislature issued its report in 1973, entitled “Report of the Joint Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education,” which reaffirmed the principles of the original master plan and emphasized a need for the segments of higher education to improve access and educational equity, coordination and planning, governance, and diversity within the entire system. As in the 1960’s, legislation necessary to implement certain of the joint committee’s recommendations was enacted, largely through amendments to this part.
(c)Pursuant to Chapter 1507 of the Statutes of 1984, the Commission for the Review of the Master Plan for Higher Education conducted public hearings and deliberations; in 1987, it issued its report and recommendations, “The Master Plan Renewed: Unity, Equity, Quality, and Efficiency in California Postsecondary Education.”
Building on this report and two more years of public dialogue pursuant to Resolution Chapter 175 of the Statutes of 1984, the Joint Committee for the Review of the Master Plan for Higher Education adopted a comprehensive report in 1989, entitled “California Faces. . .California’s Future: Education for Citizenship in a Multicultural Democracy,” that affirms the achievements and the basic structure of the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education and identifies new challenges for California’s institutions of higher education.
(d)California faces a period of unprecedented population growth and extraordinary social and economic changes as the 21st century approaches and the state’s colleges and universities face tremendous educational challenges while at or near their enrollment capacities.
(e)In the spirit of the original master plan and the two subsequent reviews conducted in the 1970’s and 1980’s, the Legislature finds and declares the following:
(1)California is on the threshold of becoming a state with a new multicultural majority as the ethnic composition of the population is changing dramatically. The state’s future economic, social, and cultural development depends upon ensuring that all its citizens have opportunities to contribute their best to society.
(2)Current estimates indicate that California will need to accommodate hundreds of thousands of additional students by the year 2005 in public higher education institutions. California needs to prepare now for the projected enrollments in the 21st century. And, if the goals of the master plan and its subsequent updates are to be fully achieved, especially if groups that are historically and currently underrepresented increase their rates of participation in higher education, enrollments will exceed even these projections.
(3)California must support an educational system which prepares all Californians for responsible citizenship and meaningful careers in a multicultural society; this requires a commitment from all to make quality education available and affordable for every Californian.
(4)To accomplish these goals, California’s system of higher education will need to expand.