The records of the Joint Committee for Review of the Master Plan for Higher Education contain 7 cubic feet of Hearing Files
(1985-1989) and Subject Files (1984-1988). The Master Plan for Higher Education was established by the Leigslature in 1959
in order to assign missions to each of the public higher education segments and recommended admission eligibility for each
segment. Currently, the Legislature first creates a commission to review the existing Master Plan and make recommendations.
The Joint Committee was created for the purpose of reviewing the reports of the Commission on the Master Plan for Higher Education
to oversee the Commission's progress with the intent that higher education remain accessible, affordable, accountable, and
of high quality.
In 1959, the California legislature created a Master Plan for Higher Education. The original plan assigned missions to each
of the public higher education segments (the University of California, California State University, and California Community
Colleges systems), recommended admission eligibility for each segment, and stated its "intent that higher education remain
accessible, affordable, of high quality, and accountable" (Legislative Analyst's Office, 2009, The Master Plan at 50, http://www.lao.ca.gov/2009/edu/master_plan_intro/master_plan_intro_111209.aspx ). While much of the original plan was codified
through the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960, the plan, and its subsequent reviews, remains a working set of ideas and
guidelines, rather than formal law. Section 66012 of the Education Code provides for the review of the Master Plan for higher
education at ten-year intervals. The Legislature first creates a commission to review the existing Master Plan and make recommendations.
Then, it creates a joint committee to implement its own review and to oversee the commission's progress.
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