Publications & Research

Securing the Public Trust: Practical Steps Toward Higher Education Finance Reform in California (2017)

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The system for financing our public universities in California isn’t working. If we want our next generation of students to succeed and if we want our state to be competitive in the global economy, we will need to tackle this issue. We must start by building a shared understanding between public policy makers and higher education leaders of the problem as well as practical ways to solve it.

The accompanying appendix to provides source data and analyses supplemental to the report.

This framing report and accompanying appendix from College Futures Foundation, aims to support a candid, productive dialogue by presenting a comprehensive analysis of the higher education finance issue and offering a framework for reform.

Read more about the Foundation’s Higher Education Finance Reform Initiative here on our website.

To learn more about the higher education finance challenges and guidance for reform outlined in the report and to access additional information—including background research and papers that helped shape the report’s recommendations—please visit

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