Can California Reclaim Its Educational Excellence?

An educator at Claremont Graduate University will offer suggestions on how the state's educational system might return to its glory days.

A Claremont Graduate University educator plans to discuss ways California can reclaim the educational excellence that once made it the envy of other states.

Jack Scott, a scholar in residence at the university's School of Educational Studies and chancellor of the California Community Colleges from 2009-2012, will discuss California’s educational system and its woes during the university’s 29th Annual Howard R. Bowen Lecture.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 2.

School officials say his talk will focus on how California's higher education system went from a world leader to one of the country's most challenged over the span of 40 years.

Scott has led the state's 112 community colleges through sweeping reforms over the last three years. Prior to assuming the chancellor's position, he served in the California State Senate and as president of Pasadena City College and Cypress College, according to a bio provided by the school.

Scott holds a PhD in history from Claremont Graduate University and masters of divinity from Yale University, according to university officials.

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Albrecht Auditorium, 925 N. Dartmouth Ave. It is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and first-come, first served.


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