As the official college student arm of the California Democratic Party, our organization is committed to the promotion of higher education. We support policies expanding access to California’s premier institutions of public higher education: the University of California, the California State University and California’s Community Colleges. This means fighting and reversing the state’s trend of disinvestment in public higher education through coordinated advocacy efforts; California college students were crucial to the passage of Proposition 30 in the 2012 elections that staved off further cuts and tuition increases in California's public universities and will continue to be instrumental in the fight to fully fund our higher education system.
However, advocating for higher education is about more than just temporary budget fixes. Our work is about pressuring the leadership of the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU) and California Community College (CCC) systems to make responsible decisions that put students first over special interests. College students across the state must hold the UC Board of Regents, CSU Board of Trustees, and the CCC Board of Governors accountable to the demands of students. It is also critical to encourage adequate public investment in the state's higher education systems. We aim to encourage our legislators to increase taxation on the highest earners, close tax loopholes for out of state businesses, and reform Proposition 13 by establishing the regular reassessment of non-residential commercial property which would not only generate billions for higher education but ensure that homeowners no longer face the brunt of the property tax burden and that businesses pay their fair share. Moves such as these are critical to restoring the quality, accessibility, equity, and affordability to these public institutions for students who need them the most.