The California State University (CSU) is the nation’s largest four-year public
university system, with 23 campuses and eight off-campus centers while the University of California (UC) system, also a public university system, is the most comprehensive and advanced postsecondary educational system in the world with distinguished faculty and 63 Nobel Laureates. California also has the largest community college system in the U.S., making up 50% of all public higher education in California.
California is a minority majority state with two public higher education systems, CSU and the California community college system, that are the largest in the nation. The population growth is expected to steadily increase as Latinx and Asian American and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing ethnic groups, thus, college graduates in both groups are vital to the future economy of the nation. Unfortunately, these groups are not accessing higher education at the same rate as their peers.
Most of California’s public higher education systems are minority serving institutions (MSIs) so they have a critical role in educating and graduating students from traditionally underserved communities. The demographic shift and the direction of these public systems will likely influence, nationwide, student retention/success initiatives, hiring practices, faculty RTP, and transition the campus DNA to one of radical inclusion with social justice as a core value. The changes, challenges and opportunities faced by California’s public colleges and universities and their academic libraries are a model for what higher education nationwide might look like in the near future.
Seven academic library faculty and administrators will present a panel discussion outlining the emerging case study of California’s public systems and the impact on their representative libraries’ leadership, service delivery, first year/student success programs, community engagement, information literacy, residency programs, and their commitment to social justice.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ACRL
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.