Streamlining Management at California's Community Colleges

June 8, 2012

California's community colleges need a stronger central office, more authority for local governing boards and less decision-making power for academic senates, according to new report by a council of business and civic leaders from the state and California Competes, a nonprofit group headed by Bob Shireman, a former U.S. Department of Education official. The proposed governance changes were part of a broader range of recommendations on how to keep public higher education strong in California amid a deepening budget crisis. The report also called for a new Higher Education Investment Board, which would oversee coordination and promote efficiency across the three public systems in the state, while also absorbing the functions of the California Student Aid Commission.

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