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Newsom launches California discussion on state's higher education system
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Newsom launches California discussion on state's higher education system

California's Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday the launch of a statewide higher education listening tour and an online campaign that will engage Californian's in a public dialogue, seeking their feedback and suggestions on issues relating to the state's higher education system.

In the coming months, Newsom is expected to travel to the University of California (UC), Califoria State University (CSU) and community college campuses, to meet with a broad range of stakeholders, including students, administration officials and community and business leaders.

"I look forward to having an honest conversation and hearing directly from students, educators and administration officials on everyday issues and challenges within our higher education system," said Newsom. "In order for our higher education system to continue being the intellectual power that drives the state's world-class knowledge economy, we must recognize the challenges we face, and engage in a discussion on how together we can make things better within the constraints of limited resources."

Newsom also launched an online campaign engaging the virtual community to take part in the statewide conversation. Individuals can share their feedback and suggestions in two ways: submitting their thoughts and ideas through a newly created web page "We Hear You: Join the Conversation!" or by posting a YouTube video response on Facebook or Twitter, in an effort to create a virtual dialogue.

"The UC, CSU and community college systems have long stood as both the state's economic engine and our economic ladder and I'm committed to engaging Californians to help find innovative solutions that will prepare students for the 21st century economy," said Newsom.

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