The College Futures Foundation calls for more long-term budget plans and a hard look at how pension costs limit university spending on student support services.
Higher education officials generally applaud Brown's plan, which would freeze community college fees while allowing tuition hikes at UC and CSU.
Early proposals for the first possible tuition increases in six years call for a $270 hike at CSU and $300 at UC. Much awaits Gov. Brown's January budget plan.
The grants support programs that allow students to get a bachelor's degree and teaching credential in four years.
Californians say they support more funds for higher education, but don't want higher taxes or tuition, poll finds. They regard campuses highly.
The unified front from UC, CSU and community colleges reflects the fear among their 74,000 undocumented students that they could face loss of work permits and deportation.
Students worry that Trump will revoke protections many have against deportation, but also say they appreciate the financial aid California provides to Dreamers.
California State University's Graduation 2025 Initiative could help free up more space for campuses to admitted more qualified applicants.
Some students take too many classes or the wrong classes as they prepare to transfer.
Under new federal rules, the date has moved from January to October.
The study cites the relatively low cost of the state's public universities.
Most of California's largest school districts filled nearly all their job openings.
The plan includes offering more course sections and improving academic support for students.
The centers provide academic, financial and legal help, among other services.
The student presidents represent all campuses in their respective public university systems.