California needs an oversight body that enables policymakers and others to monitor how efficiently and effectively the postsecondary system is serving the state’s needs, according to a report released today by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.
The report follows Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of funding for the California Postsecondary Education Commission in the 2011-2012 budget, which had previously served that function. The commission dissolved in Fall 2011.
“The Governor eliminated CPEC because it had proved ineffective, not because the need for oversight had diminished,” the report stated.
But the move ultimately left the state without a body to monitor postsecondary education.
“In fact, we find that the state’s higher education system requires oversight that is more robust than what the state has had to date,” the report stated.
The report also made recommendations to the state on how to create a body to efficiently monitor higher education by using standardized measures of student progress.
Compiled by Naheed Rajwani, Bruin senior staff.