News Release| Pat Brown Institute; Cal State L.A.

February 17, 2011

Media Advisory

“Weathering California’s Economic Crisis: Ensuring Pathways to Higher Education”

Panel to critically address retaining college access for students

WHAT:  Some of California’s most renowned experts on education will convene in Downtown Los Angeles on Feb. 25 at 8:30 a.m. to address the challenges of ensuring continued access for all students seeking higher education during a crippling budget crisis.

SUMMARY:  Titled “Weathering California’s Economic Crisis: Ensuring Pathways to Higher Education,” the panel will critically address how to move forward at this historic turning point in higher education’s struggle against sustained budget cuts, continuous student tuition hikes, and employee furloughs.

The panel will focus on the state’s entire three-tiered higher education system: the 112 California Community Colleges, the 23-campus California State University, and the 10 campuses that are the University of California.

Moderated by Caprice Young, CEO of the Inner City Education Foundation Public Schools, the panel will feature:

WHEN/WHERE:  The panel takes place Friday, Feb. 25, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at The City Club, located at 333 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90071.

Parking: $12 (cash only) at 220 South Hope Street, approximately one block from The City Club. A light breakfast will be served.

INFO:  For details, call the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-3770.

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