Higher education in China is changing rapidly. When China’s higher education complex matures, it may look like the Golden State’s in 1960.

“China maintains a highly specialized approach to university studies that has its roots in the Soviet model, but many Chinese educators want to blend in more liberal education to encourage social morals, civic responsibility, innovation and critical thinking.”

Didi Tang, Associated Press, June 14, 2013

The Pacific Ocean is bounded by distinct cultures. The formerly free-wheeling California hanging on by a thread on one side, and the cumbersome, but burgeoning, state-empowered and growing, entrepreneurial giant China on the other. Pressure for change on both shores is equal, but on one shore the pressure for excellence and efficiency is rising, while on the other, it is sinking. The trend is good for China but not so good for California.