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Fall 2017 Newsletter

The political climate in our nation is troubling, and in many ways, our students are at the epicenter of these turbulent times. Many undocumented students face uncertainty about their futures, and counselors are reporting higher rates of emotional stress among students. Protests continue to emerge on college campuses across the country as we still find ourselves grappling with deeply embedded prejudice and racism.
But as I saw my first-born off to his last year of high school earlier this month, I was reminded of the obligation we have to move forward and find solutions to our most pressing issues. It is with this optimism that I share encouraging and hopeful work on the horizon.

First, promising legislation we’ve sponsored, Assembly Bill 705 (Irwin), has made its way to the Governor’s desk! AB 705 ensures more students have access to college-level courses when they start community college by requiring colleges to use high school transcripts as a factor in determining course placement for college-level math and English. Transforming the way our colleges do placement can be the single greatest lever to improve the success of community college students, and we’re on the verge of history!

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September 2016 Research Roundup

Welcome to our first Research Roundup!

Research is a vital part of our work at the Campaign for College Opportunity. Our research is critical in producing statewide analysis on higher education issues focused on access, completion, accountability, affordability and equity. The research we do, and that of our many colleagues in higher education here in California and all over the country, has the power to transform the way our colleges operate and better serve students.

We have created this Research Roundup to bring you the most up to date research, briefs, books and analyses written that feature the most pressing issues in higher education written by leading scholars and think tanks across the country. We hope the Roundup sparks discussion, debate and idea exchange as we all work toward meeting the needs of our students and our California economy.

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July 2016 Newsletter

Greetings!

Three major actions in the course of the last few weeks fill me with hope: 1) The United States Supreme Court decision upholding the ability of universities to use race as one of many factors in admissions; 2) The recent California state budget which ensured thousands more California students will have a spot in our public universities and community colleges and included significant investments for improving remedial education in our community colleges; and 3) The Board of Governor’s for the California Community College system selection of a strong, innovative, and proven leader as their next Chancellor. Eloy Ortiz Oakley knows that the future of our state depends on the opportunities that community colleges offer, and also knows that this opportunity is only fully realized when more students succeed – regardless of race, gender, or income bracket.

Our work making college dreams come true is not easy work. It depends on each of you joining us to make it happen and I am proud that Connie Conway, Vincent Pan, and Irma Rodriguez Moisa have agreed to join our Board of Directors to do this work with us. I am looking forward to all the promise a new academic year brings and I am especially excited to be working alongside such great new leadership. So let’s enjoy these lovely last days of summer and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting year in higher education.

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July 2016 News Roundup

Welcome to our News Roundup!

At the Campaign for College Opportunity, we take our responsibility to lift up key issues in higher education very seriously. We often work with media outlets to share the findings of our reports, updates on our legislative efforts, and to give our opinion on public policies and the budget. The media often seek us out for our perspective on a number of higher education issues as well.

Periodically, we would like to share some of the articles featuring the most pressing issues in higher education with you. This first News Round-Up features our thoughts on the Supreme Court ruling on Affirmative Action, the new admissions numbers released by the University of California, the state budget and more.

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April 2016 Newsletter

My path to college would not be a guide I would recommend for anyone. It’s a better example of how I got lucky. Lucky I had a supportive family, good teachers, and helpful counselors who made sure I was assigned college prep courses, took the SAT, applied for colleges, and filled out the Free Application For Federal Student Aid application (FAFSA). The majority of my peers did not get this lucky, and that continues to be true today for many high school Connect with us on LinkedIn Sign up for our Newsletter students, especially those who (like me) would be the first in their family to go to college or whose families are low-income. In America, we say we value equal opportunity and most of us would be highly offended if a smart and talented young American didn’t go to college because they had no guidance and little money.

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October 2015 Newsletter

Message from Michele Siqueiros, Executive Director

Policy Update: Associate Degrees for Transfer

Research: Upcoming Report on admissions to California’s public universities

Recent Higher Education News and Research: Cal State system stretched to its limits by student demand

News and Notes from the Campaign: Community College Update on Associate Degree for Transfer

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Research Alert | 2015 The Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Report

The Campaign for College Opportunity in partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles today released “The State of Higher Education in California: Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander,” report which examines how the state’s 6.3 million Asian Americans and 347,501 Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, representing one in seven Californians, are faring in higher education.
The Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community is the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in California and when AANHPI go to college in California, they overwhelmingly attend the state’s public colleges and universities.  Eighty-seven percent of Asian Americans and 73% of NHPI start their college career at a public institution. Nearly half of all Asian Americans (47%) and 55% of NHPI start at a California community college.

August Newsletter

Message from Michele Siqueiros, Executive Director

Policy Update: Basic Skills Education Implementation Plan Moves Forward

Research: Upcoming State of Higher Education in CA for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Report

Recent Higher Education News and Research: Defining College Affordability

News and Notes from the Campaign: Community College Completion Core (C4)

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Alert | UC Unveils Community College Transfer Pathways

This week the University of California (UC) took an important step toward simplifying the transfer pathway for California community college students. For too long, community college students looking to transfer to the UC to earn their bachelor degrees were confronted with a complex and difficult to navigate process which yielded low rates of transfer. Yesterday’s news of a single set of courses that will prepare transfer students for one of ten popular majors at any of the UC’s nine undergraduate campuses is historic.  Another 11 majors are in development and will cover two thirds of the pathways into the UC.

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Policy Brief Alert | Proposition 209

State funding for public universities has not kept pace with the growing young adult population seeking a spot in college, and this has created a more competitive college admissions process. It is harder to get into college today than it has ever been for previous generations. As you’ve read in our latest reports on the state of Latino and Black students in higher education, racial inequities have persisted over time and continue to grow. While there are many factors that have a role in this disheartening trend, our latest policy brief examines the effects of Proposition 209, the voter approved ban on the use of race in college admissions. Proposition 209 has created barriers to college access for California students and has had the biggest impact on Black and Latino students applying to the University of California’s (UC) most selective campuses.

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