What the Next Lieutenant Governor Must Do

California Competes Executive Director Dr. Lande Ajose (left) and College Futures Foundation President and CEO Monica Lozano (right)

This commentary was published by CALmatters on November 1, 2018.

As voters weigh the issues on Tuesday’s ballot, higher education in California should rank high on the list.

No system is more connected to economic opportunity and mobility than higher education. That’s why the next lieutenant governor can be so important to our state’s 2 million students, their families and the millions of Californians for whom college is only a dream.

The lieutenant governor serves as a University of California regent, a trustee of the California State University, and the chair of the Commission for Economic Development. She or he will be well-positioned to deeply influence higher education policy and workforce outcomes at a time when California needs it most.

Our new lieutenant governor must be prepared to tackle interconnected higher education issues that are essential to student success and the future of our state including access, equity, affordability, institutional capacity, and workforce connections.

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