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Statewide Survey : Californians and Higher Education

The PPIC released findings from their survey of Californians and their perceptions of higher education in the state.

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Higher Education (November 2011) 

  •  52 percent of residents are unwilling to pay higher taxes to maintain current higher education funding
  • Residents give good or excellent marks to each branch of the state’s higher education system: California Community Colleges (62%), California State University (56%), and the University of California (59%). But ratings have declined since 2007 for both CSU (down 10%) and UC (down 8 points), while ratings for community colleges have been similar over time. , 65 percent of residents are very concerned about increasing tuition and fees. Over half (55%) are very concerned about colleges and universities offering fewer classes or admitting fewer students (53%). Parents of children in the system are even more concerned about higher tuition and fees (77%), as are current students (70%).
  • What value do Californians put on a college education? Most (58%) say it is necessary for success in today’s work world, while 39 percent believe there are many ways to succeed without it. However, the percentage saying college is necessary has reached a low point since PPIC first began asking the question in 2007 (64% 2007, 68% 2008, 66% 2009, 63% 2010, 58% today).

Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)  is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. Dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research.

Audiences are California’s elected officials in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.—as well as public servants in local governments, on school boards, and with public agencies. Organizations interested in public policy, the media, and the general public are also important audiences for their work.

California Fiscal Outlook 2012-2013

According to the LAO, California faces a 13 billion dollar problem in 2012-2013.$2 billion of “trigger cuts” to various state funded programs.

For more information read the report by the L.A.O.

California’s Fiscal Outlook: The 2012-13 Budget (November 16, 2011) and (video)


  •  State will end 2011-12 in a deficit of 3 billion dollars.
  • State faces an operating shortfall of 10 billion dollars.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has been providing fiscal and policy advice to the California Legislature for more than 70 years. It is known for its fiscal and programmatic expertise and nonpartisan analyses of the state budget.