African-American college enrollment drop in CA steep since 2011
By Jake Brymner, Regional Affairs Manager, The Campaign for College Opportunity
As our nation’s capital prepares for a presidential transition in power, The Campaign for College Opportunity travelled to Washington, D.C. with a different agenda. Twenty-two student ambassadors joined the Campaign alongside some of our community and business partners to call for financial aid policy to accommodate the growing number of students qualified to pursue higher education. Did you know that a record number of high school students are graduating and are college-ready and bound, yet too many of these students are facing the cost of college as a barrier to their attendance? And while we often hear of how missing the chance to earn a college degree has major lifelong implications for individuals, we don’t always realize how it’s also a major loss to our nation’s economy. Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce predicts that the U.S. needs to produce 11 million more post-secondary credentials by 2025 just to meet projected workforce demands making the imperatives and benefits of student-centered financial aid policy clearer than ever. Read More
By: The Campaign for College Opportunity
Melody Jimenez is a 19-year-old, sophomore at Sacramento City College who is hoping to transfer to University of California, Berkeley as a political science major.
As the child of working-class Filipino immigrant parents, Melody has felt alone in navigating the college application and financial aid process. Melody’s mother attended college in the Philippines, and is unfamiliar with the American higher education system, and her father has only taken a couple of community college classes. As a result, Melody has largely endeavored to figure out the process on her own, often leading to twists and turns sending her down a less direct and inefficient path to pursuing her educational objectives. Read More
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.”
Read the full Press Statement here.