Friday, August 22, 2014

Undoing the Master Plan?

It could be worse for California
A bill that would allow community colleges to offer specialized bachelor’s degrees has passed the Legislature and is headed to the governor.  Senate Bill 850, by Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, would set up a pilot program allowing 15 community college campuses to offer one bachelor’s degree each. The degrees can’t duplicate one that is already offered at California State University or University of California campuses, and must be offered in a field that meets a local work force need. The community college degree programs would begin no later than the 2017-18 school year...

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UC would not be much affected by this bill if the governor signs it.  Possibly, a few potential transfer students who might otherwise have finished their 4-year degree at a UC campus won't do so. CSU would likely be more affected.  The bill does seem, however, to be a kind of ad hoc fiddling with the Master Plan.  The Master Plan, which was developed largely at the behest of the governor's father, was designed to define and coordinate the three higher ed segments.  While it is often said that the Master Plan ought to be revisited, no such revisiting seems to have occurred in birthing this bill.

Will Jerry Brown sign the bill?  What would his daddy do?
Clark Kerr gives Gov. Pat Brown the Master Plan

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