Tag: California

New open access book: Simon Marginson on the crisis of the California master plan

The California master plan has been an inspiration in the world of higher education. Introduced in the 1960s it market an important milestone in thinking about system coordination in higher education. However – what has happened to the plan since?

clipboard02In a new book, professor Simon Marginson looks into the development of the plan and its spread across the world. Simon Marginson is the Director of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Centre for Global Higher Education, and leads CGHE’s global higher education engagement research programme.

Marginson explains his main rationale for the book: “In this book I start from the legacy of Clark Kerr and the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education in California, noting the strengths and weaknesses of that framework, and then reflect on the spread of the Californian ‘Multiversity’, and the influence of the system model, throughout the world, especially in East Asia“.

In the book, he also takes a more critical stance towards the recent developments in American higher education, as Marginson argues: “The final 40 per cent of the book then attempts to explain the gathering and growing difficulties faced by public higher education in America, in the context of an increasingly unequal economy and society. The conclusion suggests ways forward for the future.

The book is available open access, which is arguably still (too) rare in the field of higher education for books. Marginson explains his rationale for choosing open access: “I am very impressed by the scholarly virtues of open access publishing of a scholarly book, which University of California Press (in line with their own public values which can be traced back to the 1960s) are increasingly using. It’s good to be able to spread the work more widely than with solely purchased books.

Download the book

Marginson, S. (2016) – The Dream is Over: The crisis of Clark Kerr’s California Idea of higher education. Published by University of California Press, download free at doi: http://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.17




HEIK seminar: University of California – Challenges to mass education in the US

We are pleased to share yet another session from the HEIK academic seminar series in the field of higher education, with both invited international speakers and members of the research group HEIK (Higher Education: Institutional dynamics and Knowledge cultures) here at the University of Oslo.

This lecture was recorded in March 2013 and features Prof. Steven Brint (University of California Riverside) who examines the challenges of mass education in the US.

Professor Steven Brint (UC Riverside)

Professor S. Brint

Abstract for the session: Mass access combined with declining requirements and student utilitarianism has led to increases in the size of academically disengaged undergraduate student populations in the United States. This paper presents a method for conceptualizing and measuring these populations. It measures the size and characteristics of academically disengaged populations in a major public research university system, the University of California, and it discusses approaches that can be useful as means to re-engage these students in academic life. The paper briefly discusses the likely implications of mass online higher education within the current context of undergraduate student life.


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Read more about Prof. Steven Brint here.




Neglected higher education in California “trending downward”?

A new report published by the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy (IHELP) at Sacramento State University in Sacramento suggests that the higher education system in California is in decline. The report, titled “The Consequences of Neglect“, argues that some of the main factors leading to this decline in performance can be found in the lack of sufficient funding and lack of efficient state level coordination and planning.

California is one of the top regions in the world that is highly esteemed for its higher education system. However, the report shows some chilling trends and suggests that in the future, relying on reputation will not be enough, as the overall performance of the system is increasingly weakened.

Within the study, the performance of the Californian system for higher education was evaluated in six areas – preparation, affordability, participation, completion, benefits and finance. In four of these areas the report indicated an average performance, whereas within the area of participation California showed results better than most states. However, the report also indicated that it is likely the data that formed the basis for this judgement might be outdated and not take into account the recent developments linked to the economic crisis.