On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Sacramento State will host a LegiSchool Project Town Hall meeting to discuss “Higher Education in California: Life After Cuts.” It will be from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Alumni Center.
A prestigious panel of speakers – Jessie Ryan, associate director of the Sacramento Office of the Campaign for College Opportunity; Matthew Haney, executive director of the University of California Student Association; and Steve Boilard, director for Higher Education at the Legislative Analyst’s Office – will discuss the challenge of attending a four-year public university or community college in California.
They will be joined by 150 students from campuses such as Natomas High School in Sacramento, Mt. Eden High School in Hayward, Dorsey Magnet High School in Los Angeles and Madera South High School in Madera.
California’s students face fee increases plus limited and reduced access to classes and campus resources. College costs have soared in the past few years as universities have scrambled to fill multimillion-dollar budget gaps. In 2011, both the UC and CSU systems took a $500 million cut, with additional cuts still possible. Students at the meeting will ask questions of the panelists in a town hall-style format such as: What will more cuts mean for public higher education? How much is too much for public college tuition and fees? How have cuts to UC, CSU and community colleges affected your plans for the future? What do you think the future holds for California’s public higher education system?
For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.– Alan Miller