By Brian Goldstein
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
California is home to one of the finest higher education systems in the world; a catalyst for innovation, job creation, and academic excellence. This includes the California Community Colleges, California State University (CSU), and University of California (UC) systems. Higher education funds represent a long-term investment that accrues dividends beyond the classroom.
On May 14, Governor Brown released his revised 2012-13 budget that outlined measures to fill an estimated $15.7 billion deficit. Given this fiscal crisis, state higher education must absorb funding reductions. Each must also prepare for potential future cuts if voters reject Governor Brown’s November tax initiative.