African-American college enrollment drop in CA steep since 2011
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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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.
By: Secretary of State Alex Padilla
California has made tremendous progress in building a community college transfer pathway that helps students reach their educational goals and receive a college degree. That’s a big difference from where we were just six years ago when confusing and conflicting requirements kept so many California community college students from transferring to a four-year university. For those students fortunate enough to transfer, the burdensome process drove up their costs and the time it took to complete a bachelor’s degree. Even fewer students transferred with an Associate Degree to show for all of their hard work at their community college.