African-American college enrollment drop in CA steep since 2011
By: Aileen Zhong, Policy & Programs Associate
Every year we are faced with a difficult task, to find the perfect gift for our students during the holiday season. And while you might wonder whether the student in your life really needs that extra pair of shoes or the latest iPhone you won’t have to wonder whether a gift from our list is necessary. This season the Campaign for College Opportunity wants to urge you to consider giving your student something that they, their peers and all California students could benefit from for years to come. Give your support to improving access and completion to our state’s higher education system by getting involved with the Campaign in 2017 or by making a donation today!
In just a few short years, our state will experience a huge shortage of educated workers needed to meet California’s workforce demands. Access to our public colleges and universities has been constrained, selectivity has increased, and all the while the value of a college degree is more important than ever. To address these issues, we propose six ways you can get involved and give California students the gift of equal opportunity! Our list may not fit in a box, but it’s what our students need and deserve – so let’s get to work! Read More
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
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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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