Education: Higher Education

Adopted April 2005 – Reviewed and deemed relevant April 2015 – Education Commission

California State PTA believes that California’s system of public higher education, including community colleges, the California colleges, the California State University, and the University of California, plays a critical role in the economic and cultural vitality of our state and nation. Investment in students’ postsecondary education enriches the lives of all Californians, and provides skilled workers to meet the needs of California’s global economy.

PTA strongly believes that every student who meets the established eligibility requirements must be allowed access to the appropriate level of California’s system of higher education; financial hardship should not prohibit eligible students from attending institutions of higher education and efforts should be made to provide financial assistance to students.

PTA supports increasing the number and amount of state and federal grants for students facing financial hardships, simplifying the application process for all forms of financial aid, improving the access to information on postsecondary financial aid, and expanding access to in-state tuition levels for California residents.

PTA further believes that schools and colleges should work together to facilitate articulation from secondary to higher education.

California State PTA recognizes that California’s institutions of higher education are vital to preparing qualified educators for California’s public schools. Californians must ensure that public schools of education have the resources to produce the teachers and administrators needed to staff pre-K through grade 12 public schools, and to prepare experts in the field of teaching and learning.

California State PTA supports adequate funding for California’s system of higher education to ensure that eligible students have access to a higher education and that California provides the qualified educators needed for our public schools.

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