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The Institute has produced work on other topics related to higher education leadership and policy, including:

  • Evaluating the continuing influence of the state’s Master Plan for Higher Education in the context of changing state circumstances;
  • Assessing the role community colleges could play in addressing the state’s need for K-12 teachers.



The Road Less Traveled: Realizing the Potential of Career Technical Education in the California Community Colleges
February 2011
IHELP’s report funded by the James Irvine Foundation, examines four high-wage, high-need career pathways in the California Community Colleges as a basis for exploring the Career Technical Education mission and its role in the college completion agenda. The study found that the potential of CTE to help meet the state’s completion, workforce, and equity goals is not fully realized due to a lack of priority on awarding technical certificates and degrees and an absence of clear pathways for students to follow in pursuing those credentials. The report offers recommendations to strengthen the CTE function including: reexamining the structure and function of occupationally-oriented associate degrees; offering fewer, more consistent CTE programs that clearly meet regional needs; and having students formally declare a program of study, with colleges ensuring that students have access to the classes they need for those programs. (Click here for the appendix). 

Technical Difficulties: Meeting California's Workforce Needs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Fields
June, 2009
This report draws attention to California’s looming shortage of educated workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, as the demand for such workers increases and the state is producing too few graduates to meet the demand. The report offers recommendations to meet workforce needs and maintain the economic benefits  that have resulted from the state’s historical strength in STEM employment. Click here for the executive summary.

Draft Case Studies on P-16/P-20 Councils:
Arizona Case Study
Kentucky Case Study
Rhode Island Case Study
Cross-State Analysis

April 2009
These papers examine the experiences of several states that have used P-16 /P-20 Councils as a means of bridging the governance divide between K-12 and postsecondary education.

On the Durability of The Master Plan in the 21st Century, or "If it's breaking, why isn't anyone fixing it?", February 2004
This article analyzes the reasons why the Master Plan, adopted in 1960, has largely resisted attempts at revision in spite of numerous calls for some substantive changes.

Improving Outcomes for California's Minority Students: Can an Increased Role for Community Colleges in Teacher Preparation be Part of the Answer?, September 2003
This report envisions a four-step pipeline for teacher development in which the community colleges can play a vital role.

Envisioning a State of Learning: Conference Summary and Observations on the California Master Plan for Higher Education, 2003
Proceedings of the 14th annual Envisioning California Conference.

Meeting California’s Workforce Needs in STEM Fields. Presentation to the California Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) Board Meeting, October 22, 2009

Technical Difficulties: Meeting California’s Workforce Needs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Fields. Presented at the 2009 Regional Briefing Series, September 4, 2009

Challenges and Opportunities Facing California Higher Education in Science, Technology, and Career Education. Presentation to the California Council on Science and Technology, May 27, 2009

Can P-16 Councils Help Promote the College Readiness and Success Agenda? Lessons from Three Case Studies Presentation to the American Educational Research Association, April 16, 2009

Policy Research that Got Noticed: Lessons Learned for Making Research Useful. Presentation to the Association for the Study of Higher Education, November 8, 2007

State Policy Issues Concerning Graduate Education and Research, testimony to the Assembly Higher Education Committee, October 18, 2005

Testimony submitted to the California Performance Review Commission, September, 2004.

Improving Outcomes for California's Minority Students: Can an Increased Role for Community Colleges in Teacher Preparation be Part of the Answer? Presentation to the Harvard Civil Rights Project, October 23, 2003