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2017 Champions of Higher Education Celebration

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On December 5th, we hosted our second annual Champions of Higher Education celebration in downtown Los Angeles with 150 of our closest friends. We shared a beautiful evening honoring nine California Community Colleges and four California State Universities for their exemplary efforts in implementing the Associate Degree for Transfer. We also honored California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León for his legislative leadership on higher education policy, former President of the College Futures Foundation, Julia Lopez, for supporting the programs and policies that help more students reach their college dreams, the University of California Board of Regents and UC President Janet Napolitano for their support of undocumented and DACAmented students, and EdSource, for exceptional journalism covering California’s higher education landscape.

To learn more about our honorees, click here for a detailed description on their Associate Degree for Transfer data and watch the video below.

THE “TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT” IS DETRIMENTAL TO CALIFORNIA AND ITS STUDENTS

Yesterday, the United States House of Representatives voted by a 227-205 margin to pass H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” authored by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), which impacts key tax provisions that make college more accessible and affordable. At a time when states like California face major shortfalls of college-educated workers, this bill would undermine our ability to prepare students for a 21st-century economy. California currently faces a projected shortfall of 1.7 million college credentials needed to meet workforce demands by 2025. While there are many means through which we can better utilize federal tax policy to support college completion, the House’s tax bill is likely to make higher education more expensive and further out of reach for many hard-working students and their families.

Three ways in which the House “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” does not serve the interest of California or its students:

  • In streamlining the three existing higher education tax credits into the American Opportunity Tax Credit, the House’s tax proposal would simultaneously eliminate $17.5 billion in taxpayer support for higher education. While consolidating the currently available education tax benefits could better support and target students in need, the House bill does neither. Any taxpayer investment on higher education should be preserved within programs that support college access and affordability, rather than be redirected towards other uses.
  • Elimination of the state and local tax deduction on federal income taxes would make less revenue available for California and further contribute to the budgetary pressures that have led to declining state funding for the UC and CSU. Federal tax policy should not make it more difficult for states to support higher education and jeopardize our ability to enroll more students. Ten years since the onset of the Great Recession and despite recent reinvestment, we have still not yet reached 2008 levels of state funding for the California State University and University of California. Insufficient state support for public higher education has led to reduced capacity and increasing selectivity while we graduate record numbers of college-eligible high school students, as well as higher tuition rates for those that are admitted. Read more.

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.

Invest in Community College Students; Transform Our Communities

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By: Catalina Ruiz-Healy, Vice President of the Rappaport Family Foundation

Securing $60 million in state funding to overhaul remedial education and equip students with the basic skills they need to succeed in college. Procuring free transportation for more than fifty thousand college students. Establishing undocumented student resource centers in California. These are just some examples of what can happen when we invest in a powerful yet untapped catalyst for community transformation: the leadership of community college students.
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Bill aims to increase college readiness among state’s low-income students

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We Can’t Live Without You…Really…

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By: Olga Jimenez, Communications Associate, The Campaign for College Opportunity

Dear California Acceleration Project,

As Valentine’s day nears, we wanted to take a minute to express our ardent admiration for you in true Little Rascals, Alfalfa fashion!

You are tackling one of the biggest and most important issues facing students at community colleges –  helping them get through remedial courses prepared enough to succeed in college level course work.  You have demonstrated that faculty led reforms and innovations are the way forward.  And you have demonstrated this dedication to students beyond the ones you serve at your own colleges in the hopes that ALL California community college students placed in remedial courses can succeed through the redesign of developmental English and math curriculum. Read More

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.

To read the full press statement, click here.

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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