Life after CPEC

Life after CPEC title slideCPEC was the California Postsecondary Education Commission, and its demise in 2011 made us one of the few states without an office to coordinate its public colleges and universities.

Today’s presentation describes what that’s like to my counterparts from other states, as part of the Policy Conference of the State Higher Education Executive Officers.

You can download (and freely reuse) my presentation by clicking on the image to the left.  My remarks are available in Notes Page View; for the visuals to make sense you’ll need to use Slide Show.


2 thoughts on “Life after CPEC

  1. Ken —

    You crack me up! As true as it clearly is, you’re probably the only guy who has ever publicly referred to Glenn Dumke and his staff as “bland and agreeable bureaucrats…” And your analysis of the researchers from CPEC (“I liked and respected the authors personally, but thought they were in an unwinnable position…”) is right on target. It seems that they were ALWAYS asking why we had so many History departments!

    In the late 1970s, Lyman Glenny was on my dissertation committee at Berkeley. In 1959, he had written “Autonomy of Public Colleges: The Challenge of Coordination.” He became very involved with the creation of CPAC, advocating creation of a formal coordinating agency with responsibility to analyze and recommend budget and capital expenditures, and lead planning efforts. He also advocated strongly for greater lay representation in the Senate bill that ultimately created the Coordinating Council. When he and I met to review the chapters of my dissertation, more often than not he would lapse into very interesting (but irrelevant) stories about those education-meets-politics days.

    I appreciate your willingness to share your work, and to allow downloading. I’ll be passing this deck along to others!

  2. That’s a cool connection, Larry. Wish I’d have known — the first-hand insights would have fit in well. It was a fun presentation yesterday; many in the room were from CPEC’s counterparts in other states, and had good reactions to some of the ideas I threw out. You would have liked it.

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