A MASTER PLAN FOR HIGHER EDUCATION IN CALIFORNIA, 1960-1975: Prepared for the Liaison Committee of the State Board of Education and The Regents of the University of California
The recommendations contained in the Master Plan for Higher Education are set forth in Chapter I of this publication. Some of the factors which brought about the passage of Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 88, the authority for this study, are presented in Chapter II. Among these were the rapidly mounting enrollments in the state’s institutions of higher education, the state’s financial outlook, and a growing concern that competition and unnecessary, wasteful duplication between the state colleges and the University of California might cost the taxpayers millions of dollars.
Governor Edmund G. Brown called a Special Session of the 1960 Legislature which considered recommendations in this report requiring legislative action. Appendix I gives a summary of these actions. The basic issue in the development of the Master Plan for Higher Education in California is the future role of the junior colleges, state colleges, and the University of California in the state’s tripartite system and how the three segments should be governed and co-ordinated so that unnecessary duplication will be avoided. This is not a new problem in California. As early as 1899, the California Educational Commission of 70 members was created to examine the state’s educational program. One of its recommendations called for “a uniform board for the governing of normal schools.” This recommendation was subsequently enacted into a law which placed the normal schools under the State Board of Education.
California Master Plan Survey Team. A Master Plan For Higher Education In California, 1960-1975: Prepared For the Liaison Committee of the State Board of Education and the Regents Of The University Of California. Report. Sacramento: California State Department Of Education. https://www.ucop.edu/acadinit/mastplan/MasterPlan1960.pdf