New law takes huge step toward addressing largest impediment to success in California Community Colleges; Remediation.

Today, Governor Brown signed historic legislation that ensures more students have access to college-level courses when they start community college, substantially increasing their chances of completing a degree, certificate or transfer!

AB 705 (Irwin), sponsored by the Campaign for College Opportunity, requires community colleges to use high school performance as a factor in determining course placement for college-level math and English.

“For too long, inaccurate high stakes placement tests put students behind and stopped them from ever crossing the graduation stage. With the signing of AB 705 into law, more students will be placed directly into college-level courses and be able to reach their goals,” said Michele Siqueiros, president of the Campaign for College Opportunity.

This law was introduced because more than 75% of California’s community college students are being assessed and placed into pre-college level courses annually, despite evidence that many of them could be successful in college-level courses, where only 40% will earn a degree, certificate or transfer after six years. Read more

Thirteen California Colleges & Universities Honored for Excellence in Transfer

Nine California Community Colleges and four California State Universities to be honored December 5th for excelling at enrolling and graduating Associate Degree for Transfer earners.

This week, the Campaign for College Opportunity announced the names of nine California Community Colleges and four California State University (CSU) campuses for significantly increasing the number of students earning an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), enrolling those students at a CSU with junior status, and graduating ADT earners with a bachelor’s degree.

The majority of California students who go to college attend community college with the majority of them hoping to transfer to a four-year university. Unfortunately, only 4% of community college students transfer after two years.

That is why in 2010, together with then-Senator Alex Padilla, the Campaign for College Opportunity sponsored historic transfer reform legislation that created a clearer path for students to earn an associate degree and get guaranteed admission as juniors to the CSU system. Since then, over 69,000 students have earned an ADT and of those that enrolled in the CSU, they earned their bachelor’s degree almost twice as fast as other transfer students!

The following thirteen colleges and universities will be commended on December 5th in Los Angeles for excellence in implementing the ADT program and supporting students’ goal of transferring and earning a bachelor’s degree. Read more

New Report Finds Transfer Process for Community College Students to Four Year Universities a Complex and Costly Maze

Study by The Campaign for College Opportunity calls on the state to fund CSU and UC to serve more freshman and transfer students and urges community colleges, CSU and UC to clear the transfer maze.

Los Angeles (September 12, 2017) – The Campaign for College Opportunity today released a new report, “The Transfer Maze: The High Cost to Students and the State of California,” which found that transfer between California Community Colleges and the California State University (CSU), and University of California (UC), is a bureaucratic maze which few students manage to navigate.

The report finds that only 4% of students intending to transfer do so within two years. By six years, only 38% of students transfer. This bodes poorly for California’s economy that is predicted to be 1.1 million bachelor degrees short by 2030. “When 70% of all college students in California attend a community college, a successful transfer path is key to producing the bachelor degrees the state needs and that the majority of students in community college hope to gain,” said Michele Siqueiros, president of the Campaign for College Opportunity.

The report’s analysis finds that because transfer is so complex, community college students take longer to complete their bachelor degrees and spend $36,000 – $38,000 more than a student who started their education at a four-year university. When students are stuck in the transfer maze, state spending rises, tax revenue is lost, and spots for new students are unavailable.

While major transfer reforms have been introduced in the last several years, including the successful Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT), the process remains complicated and inconsistent across systems, schools, and departments. The report outlines six key factors that construct the transfer maze: Read more.


La devastadora decisión del Presidente Trump de eliminar gradual y eventualmente el programa de Acción Diferida a los inmigrantes que llegaron al país siendo niños (DACA) ha ocasionado total desaliento a Campaign for College Opportunity. Este programa de inmigración temporal proporcionó alivio a más de 800 mil personas; muchos de estos inmigrantes fueron traídos a los Estados Unidos siendo aún niños por lo que no han conocido o llamado a otro país su casa y por ende han aprendido a amarlo como a su país.

La falta de liderazgo del Presidente para proteger y preservar el programa DACA deja ahora el destino de los actuales receptores en manos del Congreso. Sin embargo, aun si el Congreso actuara para proporcionar alivio legal a las personas que vinieron a este país cuando eran niños, esto no nos garantiza que el Presidente firme tal acción. Con la devastadora noticia de hoy los talentosos y prometedores jóvenes que se han beneficiado del programa DACA continúan en un estado de limbo y con la amenaza de una deportación cada vez mayor.

Nuestro país fue fundando con los sueños inmigrantes, los cuales con mucho esfuerzo han sido parte crítica en el éxito de nuestra democracia y economía. El fin de DACA significa que las familias están bajo la amenaza de ser divididas, nuestra economía podría sufrir la pérdida de más de $1.5 mil millones en impuestos, las brillantes mentes de muchos de nuestros jóvenes en Colegios y Universidades se enfrentarán a la incertidumbre sobre su futuro y California estará cada vez más lejos de cumplir con la demanda de mano de obra más cualificada. Para leer mas


The Campaign for College Opportunity is disheartened by President Trump’s devastating decision to phase out and eventually eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which provided temporary immigration relief to over 800,000 people, many of whom were brought to the United States as children and who have loved and called no other country home.

The President’s lack of leadership to protect and preserve DACA now leaves the fate of current recipients in the hands of Congress. However, if Congress does act to provide legal relief to individuals who came this country as children, there is no guarantee the President would sign such a policy. Young, talented and promising DACA recipients continue to be in limbo with the threat of deportation looming greater after today’s news.

Our country was founded on immigrant dreams and immigrants have been critical to the success of our democracy and economy. The end of DACA means families are under threat of being torn apart, our economy could suffer the loss of over $1.5 billion in taxes, bright young minds in our colleges and universities will face unfair uncertainty about their future and California will be further away from meeting the demands for a more educated workforce.

So, to the nearly 220,000 Californians with DACA status and all DREAMers who make this state and our country great, we stand with you, we will keep fighting for you, and we will keep fighting for a more perfect union. Read More.


Our Letter Urging President Trump to Defend DACA

September 1, 2017

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump,

We strongly urge you to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which is providing temporary immigration relief to over 800,000 people, many of whom were brought to the United States as children and who have loved and called no other country home.

Out of the 11 million immigrants that call California home, nearly 2 million are college educated. Losing and even underutilizing these college educated workers poses a threat for California’s workforce and economy as the state is already poised to be 2.4 million college educated workers short by 2030.

DACA students have been raised in our communities, taught in our public schools, and abided by our laws. The time, energy, and money that has been invested into these students would be a huge economic loss for our state both in resources lost and in contributions they could be making to our communities. Let’s not waste our investment and instead benefit from the fruits of our labor by keeping these students here to work, to participate, and to thrive. Read more here.

Press Statement: California’s Final 2017-18 Budget for Higher Education

Colleges and Universities in CA receive over $700 million boost
Focus on expanding access, improving completion, preserving affordability, and equity in hiring.

The Governor and Legislature are to be commended for passing a strong higher education budget that puts students first. This budget, which boasts slightly more than $700 million over last year, adds more spots for California students at our public universities while ensuring more students complete college.

“On the heels of our California Higher Education Report Card, this budget is a glimpse into the types of investments in college access, completion and affordability necessary to ensure 60% of all California adults have a college credential to meet our state’s workforce needs by 2025,” said Michele Siqueiros, president of the Campaign for College Opportunity. Read More.

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.

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.

Read more here.

Press Statement: Statement on the Passing of Former California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed

Statement on the passing of former California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed

The Campaign for College Opportunity mourns the loss of former California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed. The Campaign was honored to have worked with Chancellor Reed for nearly a decade on ensuring increased college opportunity and success for students seeking an education in the CSU system.

Chancellor Reed was a steadfast champion of fixing the broken transfer system and committed the CSU to creating a transfer pipeline for students wishing to come to the CSU from the Community College system. Reed exerted tremendous leadership in support of historic student-centered transfer reform legislation (SB 1440) and would be proud that over 69,000 new Associate Degrees for Transfer have been conferred since implementation of the historic policy.

Read more here.