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      The Master Plan and the California Higher Education System

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      International Journal of Chinese Education

      Brill

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          The 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education in California, created by University of California President Clark Kerr and his contemporaries, brought college within reach of millions of American families for the first time and fashioned the world’s strongest system of public research universities. The California idea, combining excellence with access within a tiered system of higher education, and underpinned by a taxpayer consensus on the common good inherent in equality of opportunity in education, became the leading model for higher education across the world. Yet the political conditions supporting the California idea in California itself have evaporated. The taxpayer consensus broke down two decades after the Master Plan began and California no longer provides the fiscal conditions necessary to ensure both excellence and access, especially access for non-white and immigrant families. Many students are now turned away, public tuition is rising, the great research universities face resource challenges, and educational participation in California, once the national leader in the United States, lags far behind. The article traces the rise and partial fall of the Californian system of higher education as embodied in the Master Plan, and draws out lessons for other countries in general, and China in particular.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                International Journal of Chinese Education
                Int J Chin Educ
                Brill
                2212-585X
                2212-5868
                August 22 2017
                August 22 2017
                : 6
                : 1
                : 1-26
                Affiliations
                [1 ]UCL Institute of Education, University College LondonUK
                Article
                10.1163/22125868-12340072
                9e1444ac-a80d-4438-b27f-25b937a0bdce
                © 2017

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