BY PAMELA A. EIBECK, SPECIAL TO THE SACRAMENTO BEE
California faces both a tremendous challenge and an exciting opportunity to ensure that every academically qualified student has access to a higher education.
Rarely a day goes by that we don’t read about soaring student debt, disinvestment in public universities, enrollment limits or the debate among legislative leaders about the constitutional autonomy of the University of California system.
Often overlooked, however, are California’s private nonprofit colleges and universities, a vital sector of the state’s higher education system that is prepared to take on a larger role. Tuesday, hundreds of students and university leaders will be at the state Capitol for our annual lobbying day.
Private colleges account for more than 20 percen …