In a new book, Michael Kirst urges creation of a regional entity to unify and coordinate efforts.
The first of five hearings around the state starts to examine the 1960 plan that governs the missions of UC, CSU and community colleges. Legislators say it is time for some changes but that it could take years to develop concrete reforms.
Higher education officials generally applaud Brown's plan, which would freeze community college fees while allowing tuition hikes at UC and CSU.
California needs to produce 11.9 million degrees by 2025 to remain economically competitive.