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.

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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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