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.

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The Campaign for College Opportunity supports three Propositions on the November 8, 2016 California General Election Ballot that work to improve college and career readiness for all students while providing much needed resources to California’s Community Colleges to better serve students.

The Campaign for College Opportunity supports Proposition 51, the Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016, which would authorize two billion in general obligation bonds for California Community Colleges facilities. Today, nearly $500 million in high priority community college projects are awaiting state funding support. California’s Community Colleges serve nearly two million students each year and new facility infrastructure and building modernization is crucial to adequately serving our students and ensuring they earn a college education.

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Press Statement: California Community College System Names Student Success Champion and First Latino Chancellor

California Community College System Names Student Success Champion and First Latino Chancellor

Today, in a historic move, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors chose Eloy Ortiz Oakley to become the system’s next Chancellor. Oakley will be the first Latino to serve as Chancellor of a system that serves over 2.3 million students, 42% of whom are Latino.

“Eloy is a trailblazer,” said Campaign for College Opportunity President Michele Siqueiros, “He has been a statewide leader in improving community college student outcomes and closing equity gaps in those outcomes for underrepresented and low income students. Oakley is also a nationally recognized leader who brings a wealth of experience, a gift for building partnerships, a laser focus on equity, and a remarkable student-centered vision that will help ensure that significantly more California community colleges students realize their college dreams.”


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Press Statement: Final 2016-17 California Budget for Higher Education

New monies expand enrollment but tied to improving performance and closing gaps for underrepresented and first-generation college students

The Governor and Legislature have passed a student-centered budget for higher education that expands opportunities for more Californians to go to our public colleges and universities while expecting those colleges to improve performance.

The budget Governor Brown signed includes $145 million to boost enrollment of California students at all three of the state’s higher education institutions- the California Community Colleges, California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC). The budget includes funding to serve an additional 50,000 students at the community colleges, an additional 5,194 students at the CSU, and an additional 2,500 at the UC.

At the UC, in particular, the Governor and Legislature took strong action to open up spots for students. As a condition of the new enrollment funding, the UC is required to adopt a policy to cap the number of students it enrolls from out-of-state and abroad. It also requires the UC to supplement admissions practices to increase the number of California students it admits who are from high schools that enroll larger numbers of low-income, English learners and foster youth.

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Press Statement: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Consideration of Race/Ethnicity in College Admissions

Supreme Court affirms that considering race is a way to achieve educational benefits that flow from student body diversity

Washington, D.C. (June 23, 2016) – Today the United States Supreme Court upheld the right of public universities to consider race and ethnicity in college admissions. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy who wrote the majority opinion stated, “Considerable deference is owed to a university in defining those intangible characteristics, like student body diversity, that are central to its identity and educational mission.”

The Campaign for College Opportunity applauds the Court’s ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin for sending a clear message that there is no proxy for race when it comes to ensuring a diverse student body that is essential to our nation’s economic future.

In the twenty years since California banned the consideration of race in university admissions with the passage of Proposition 209, racial inequities in college access have persisted and grown over time. In the last twenty years, admission rates for Blacks and Latinos at the University of California (UC) declined by 37 and 32 points, respectively, compared to 25 points for Whites.

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Press Statement: Governor’s May Revision 2016-17 Budget Proposal

Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal increases funding for higher education above the 2015 state budget and it continues to provide multi-year financial stability to our public higher education systems so they can serve more students while keeping student success a top priority. The Governor also continues a strong focus on improving student success, time to degree, and college preparation. This is great news.

“Over the past two years the Governor and legislature have taken important steps to fund higher education and improve student success and college preparation – we applaud these efforts. However, the budget does not fully meet the increasing demand for a four-year degree by California students, especially at the CSU. Before adopting a final budget, we hope the Governor and the Legislature will help ensure all eligible students find their rightful spot at a UC or CSU campus by funding all eligible students. We also recommend they continue efforts to improve outcomes for students by strengthening our community colleges, demanding major increases in transfer students from community college to our universities, and supporting efforts to close unacceptable racial gaps in college preparation and success between students. This must be a priority for every college and university campus in California, our future depends on it,” said Michele Siqueiros, President of the Campaign for College Opportunity.

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Press Statement: Statement on the Introduction of SB 1050 (de Leon)

Increasing the number of California K-12 students eligible for the state’s public universities and ensuring seats for California students at the University of California

Today, California Senate pro Tempore Kevin de León (Los Angeles) introduced visionary legislation that ensures a student’s zip code or income status does not determine whether they are adequately prepared and get the opportunity to go to college.

Now more than ever, California needs more students to earn a bachelor’s degree – our economy demands it. By 2030, 38% of all jobs will require at least a bachelor’s degree. But if current trends persist, only 33% of adults will hold a bachelor’s degree leaving the workforce 1.1 million bachelor degree holders short. Businesses need more college educated workers and students know they need more than a high school diploma to realize their full potential and make it into the middle class.

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Press Release: New Report Finds Transfer Process for Community College Students Improved Since Historic 2010 Reforms but More Progress Needed

“Study by The Campaign for College Opportunity calls on majority of Community Colleges and California State University (CSU) campuses to enroll and graduate more Associate Degree for Transfer earners and calls on Legislature to leverage funding to achieve better outcomes.”

Los Angeles (March 15, 2016) – The Campaign for College Opportunity today released a new report, “Keeping the Promise: Going the Distance on Transfer Reform,” which found significant improvements in the creation of a seamless transfer pathway between California Community Colleges and the California State Universities (CSU) but more progress is needed to ensure that every student who wants to transfer is directed to the pathway and reaches their goal of a Bachelor’s degree.

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Press Statement: Governor’s 2016-17 Budget Proposal

Governor Jerry Brown’s 2016-17 budget proposal increases funding for the state’s public colleges and universities by $596 million while making ongoing investments in access and student success.

The Governor proposes encouraging investments in California Community Colleges, including expanding enrollment funding by 2% to serve an additional 50,000 students, $248 million for programs that support career technical education and student transition to the workforce, and $25 million for Innovation Awards to—among other things—improve transfer pathways. Particularly encouraging is the $30 million proposal to continue investment in better preparing students for college level work.

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Press Statement: Extended Deadline for UC Transfer Applicants

Today the University of California (UC) strengthened their commitment to increasing the number of transfer students they serve by extending the application window for qualified students wishing to transfer from a California community college.

The extension from November 30th to January 4th has the potential to increase the number of transfer applicants to the UC. The news of the application extension comes just five months after UC’s announcement of the Transfer Pathways, an effort to streamline transfer between California Community Colleges and the UC. The news is also on the heels of UC’s announcement to add 10,000 new spots for California undergraduates over the next three years.

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