Is the California dream dead? Is the dream that all Californians, rich or poor, will have access to a higher education just an illusion? No, the California dream isn’t dead, but it is on life support and must be re-examined in light of the state budget realities.

Legislators passed and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently signed a state budget that drastically cuts services and programs for Californians, including those who want to earn college degrees.

Read the full opinion piece by CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani in the Merced Sun-Star.