Olga Jimenez, Author at The Campaign for College Opportunity

Press Statement: Statement to CSU Board of Trustees on Decision to Require Intermediate Algebra as Prerequisite to Nine Transfer Degrees


Good morning Trustees, Presidents and Chancellor White, On behalf of the Campaign for College Opportunity, we stand with you in calling on the Governor and legislature to provide sufficient funding for the CSU to support all eligible students and to meet the goals of the graduation initiative. We also applaud your vision to eliminate remedial education in the CSU. But, I’m here today to express our strong opposition, along with that of 22 civil rights, business, and community leaders, including MALDEF, the LA Urban League, and the CA Business Roundtable, to the decision to require intermediate algebra for nine transfer degrees. And if you have not received a copy of our coalition letter, I have copies with me. Read More.

Changing the Dialogue: How We Can Push Low-Income, Top Performing Students into Competitive Colleges

(Ariana and I posing with her University of California, Irvine acceptance letter-a proud and exciting moment for both of us!)

(Ariana and I posing with her University of California, Irvine acceptance letter–a proud and exciting moment for both of us!)

By: Alex Serna, Program Director, Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano

It was as if we were negotiating a nuclear treaty and for the last 4 years she worked assiduously to someday realize her dreams of becoming the first in her family to attend college. Then, that someday arrived. We sat and discussed her college list. The air was still as the crisp, cool fall ambient enveloped our conversation leading to a moment that became the turning point in her life. For many high-achieving, low-income students “undermatch” is a real phenomenon, one that Brookings defines as, “students attending less challenging colleges than their academic credentials would allow them to.” The New York Times credits this trend with widening economic inequality and low levels of mobility. These academically promising students, “wind up in community college or mediocre four-year schools”, with less financial, academic and social support leading to high rates of attrition (NPR). But, “undermatch” can either be realized or be overcome with dialogue. However, let me be clear; we are not talking about simple dialogue-but a relentless, aspirational dialogue focused on acknowledging the student’s strengths rather than their weaknesses.  Read More

Press Statement: President Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposal Worsens College Affordability in America

President Trump’s budget harms financial aid and college access programs that support America’s students, teachers, and public safety personnel

This 2018 budget proposal would put college further out of reach for thousands of talented students and make it less affordable for Americans.

“President Trump’s budget proposal is titled ‘A New Foundation for American Greatness,’ but it seems to be built on quicksand.  We urge Congress to increase, not erode, investments in student aid and college access because an educated workforce is the bedrock of our economy. In California alone, we are already projected to be short by 2.3 million degrees and certificates by 2025 to meet workforce needs. Decreasing federal investments in higher education would slow economic growth and limit future revenues both for our State and the nation which heavily depends on California taxpayers. It is not in the interest of students, nor our nation, to eliminate or undermine programs that help overcome the financial barriers faced by hard-working students seeking to further their education.  All students deserve the opportunity to go to college and it is our responsibility to make sure it’s affordable,” said Michele Siqueiros, President of the Campaign for College Opportunity.

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College Notes: Graduates in spotlight at Peralta Colleges

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A Cinderella Story for the Modern Girl

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By: Jessie Ryan, Executive Vice President, Campaign for College Opportunity

In honor of Mother’s Day, Executive Vice President, Jessie Ryan, shares the instrumental role her mother played in the work that she does today.

Last August, after courageously waging a two-year battle with cancer, my Mother passed away.  She was my person.  My source of unconditional love, laughter, and encouragement.  A larger than life personality, that despite a life characterized by hardship was responsible for shaping me into the purpose-driven woman I am today. Read More

Plan for Debt-Free College Moves Forward in California. | Radio Bilingue

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Dan Schnur on UC scandal: ‘The key is providing another set of eyes… without compromising their academic independence’

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