Higher Education Investment Board

What is it?


California has no mechanism in place with the ongoing responsibility for examining what our state needs and holding us all accountable—the public, higher education institutions, the business community and elected leaders—for these outcomes. California needs an entity in place that blends leadership and accountability as the state guides our higher education system back to a place of preeminence. To carry out this charge, the California Competes Council advocates the creation of an independent, nonprofit Higher Education Investment Board responsible for projecting needs, identifying gaps, developing cost-effective strategies improving postsecondary outcomes, enhancing accountability and working productively with key stakeholders and decision-makers to align our higher education policies.

Why is it important?


Charting possible futures for postsecondary education requires a detailed understanding of the needs of the economy, the challenges faced by communities in different regions of the state, and the activities and capacity of all higher education providers, public and private. This type of credible, detailed, expert analysis is essential for informing decisions by the Governor, the State Legislature, and the leaders of public and private postsecondary institutions. It is also the information that prospective students need as they consider where to enroll and what to study.

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