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Inaugural Award: Equity Champions of Higher Education


To mark the 10th anniversary of the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), the Campaign for College Opportunity has created a new award: the Equity Champions of Higher Education.

The Equity Champions of Higher Education are the California Community Colleges leading the state in conferring ADTs to Black and/or Latinx students on their campuses. These campuses are awarding the highest number of ADTs to Latinx and/or Black students relative to the number of transfer-seeking Black and/or Latinx students on their campus.

The following campuses are working with great intentionality to ensure Black and Latinx students who have a transfer goal earn an ADT, and we are proud to announce them as the recipients of our inaugural Equity Champions of Higher Education award: Read more

Announcing the 2020 Champions of Higher Education


This year marks the 10th anniversary of the historic legislation that established the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), a streamlined transfer pathway for students to transfer to the California State University with guaranteed admission and junior standing. Since its creation, more than 284,000 ADTs have been conferred, supporting hundreds of thousands of California students to reach their college dreams.

We will celebrate with a special virtual event: Committing to Transfer as a Key Racial Equity Strategy. Read more

A Word on the 2020 Election Results

As we all anxiously anticipate results across our nation, we can celebrate record voter turnout across the country and in California. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, an economic recession, and a national reckoning on race, millions of Americans have cast their ballot and, as patriots and believers of democracy, we must ensure that every vote is counted.

While we wait a little longer for the results of the presidential election, we know a few things for sure: We need a President that will understand he is the leader of a diverse nation and work towards unifying us after an incredibly divisive time. We need a President that will work with our state and local leaders to control the Covid-19 pandemic so that our economy can begin its pathway to recovery. We need a President that will ensure the disparate impact the pandemic and recession has had on women and Black, Latinx, and Indigenous Americans is addressed. Read more

Take Action for Racial and Gender Equity: Yes on 16


“As the President of the Campaign for College Opportunity, I have fought for the past 16 years to ensure that every Californian, regardless of how much money they have, what zip code they live in, or what race/ethnicity they belong to, that they each have an equal opportunity to be prepared for college, attend college, and cross that graduation stage and earn that cap and gown. Affirmative action would be a tool to help us ensure that vision of a California that is reflective of the beautiful diversity of our state.” – President Michele Siqueiros Read more

Announcing the Racial Equity on the Ballot Speakers


Racial equity is at stake in this election. Join us on October 28th for Racial Equity on the Ballot, our third event in our Advancing Higher Education Equity Speaker Series.

Propositions 15 and 16 on the November ballot can transform higher education in California for the better. By voting Yes on Proposition 15 and Yes on Proposition 16, Californians have the opportunity to reinvest in our schools and end a legacy of legal discrimination in contracting, hiring, and university admissions that has left too many talented Black, Latinx, Native American, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Californians behind. Read more

Announcing the Women in Higher Education Leadership Panelists


Join the Campaign for College Opportunity in conversation with California’s higher education change makers and equity champions to discuss the most pressing issues in California higher education today against the backdrop of a global health pandemic, economic recession, and urgent calls to address racial inequity.

Second in the series is Women in Higher Education Leadership. Read more

Sharing Hope in California Higher Education


It has been a heartbreaking and frustrating time as our country continues its battle with COVID-19 and its reckoning with long-standing structures of racial oppression. But what has given me hope over the summer is watching so many joyous students and their families cross the virtual graduation stage to start or culminate their college journeys. To all of you I say, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

One of those virtual high school graduates was my daughter Alexandra. It certainly was not the ending to her senior year that she or the entire Class of 2020 deserved. Still, I hosted a socially distanced car parade, where our friends and family drove by our house with balloons and celebratory signs to congratulate her. And after agonizing over whether she would head across the country and what college might look like in the midst of a global health pandemic, I am proud she chose to enroll in one of California’s best community colleges this fall.
There has been more good news that gives me hope, including the University of California welcoming its first Black president, Michael V. Drake. Drake has a remarkable record of being unabashed in supporting college access, completion, and racial equity, and we look forward to working with him.

Like many of you, we were also pleased to learn that the UC admitted the most diverse class for fall 2020, with Latinx students as the largest group of prospective freshmen. While the UC still has a way to go to reach equitable representation of Latinx and Black students and leadership across UC campuses, this is the right type of trend! Read more

Black Lives Matter. This is How We Ensure they Do in California Higher Education.

This should go without saying, but it seems we must make it plain: Black Lives Matter.

Our hearts are heavy with the pain of seeing thousands of lives taken by police year after year and watching Black people attacked and killed by racist Americans in their own neighborhoods as they go for a run, enjoy birdwatching at the park, or simply exist as a Black person. The Campaign for College Opportunity joins the public outcry for justice and change with community leaders, demonstrators, and organizations in all fifty states and countries around the world.

We understand that true allyship is an active and continuous practice and that solidarity means very little without action. As we have done over the past 16 years, the Campaign will continue to push for anti-racist policies that dismantle long-standing oppressive structures in our society. As an organization dedicated to ensuring equity in college opportunity, that means tackling racism in higher education. Read more

Black Lives Matter. This is How We Ensure they Do in California Higher Education.

This should go without saying, but it seems we must make it plain: Black Lives Matter.

Our hearts are heavy with the pain of seeing thousands of lives taken by police year after year and watching Black people attacked and killed by racist Americans in their own neighborhoods as they go for a run, enjoy birdwatching at the park, or simply exist as a Black person. The Campaign for College Opportunity joins the public outcry for justice and change with community leaders, demonstrators, and organizations in all fifty states and countries around the world.

We understand that true allyship is an active and continuous practice and that solidarity means very little without action. As we have done over the past 16 years, the Campaign will continue to push for anti-racist policies that dismantle long-standing oppressive structures in our society. As an organization dedicated to ensuring equity in college opportunity, that means tackling racism in higher education.Read more

Governor Newsom’s 2020-21 May Revision Budget Proposal Warns of Nearly $2 Billion in Draconian Cuts to Higher Education if Federal Government Fails to Assist California

Governor Newsom had difficult decisions and serious cuts to make in this 2020-21 budget proposal, and it is clear things will get significantly worse if the federal government fails to provide needed assistance.

We call on Congress and the President to invest in a rapid economic recovery, by providing deserved federal assistance to our state in recognition that there cannot be an American recovery, without a California one.

In his updated budget proposal, Governor Newsom is responding to the economic challenges brought on by COVID-19 and eliminates many of his January proposals to expand enrollment funding for our public colleges and universities. Without aid from the federal government, California’s community colleges and universities stand to lose nearly $2 billion: $388 million at the University of California, $398 million at the California State University, and a total of $1.09 billion at the community colleges. Read more