July 2016 News Roundup

Welcome to our News Roundup!

At the Campaign for College Opportunity, we take our responsibility to lift up key issues in higher education very seriously. We often work with media outlets to share the findings of our reports, updates on our legislative efforts, and to give our opinion on public policies and the budget. The media often seek us out for our perspective on a number of higher education issues as well.

Periodically, we would like to share some of the articles featuring the most pressing issues in higher education with you. This first News Round-Up features our thoughts on the Supreme Court ruling on Affirmative Action, the new admissions numbers released by the University of California, the state budget and more.

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April 2016 Newsletter

My path to college would not be a guide I would recommend for anyone. It’s a better example of how I got lucky. Lucky I had a supportive family, good teachers, and helpful counselors who made sure I was assigned college prep courses, took the SAT, applied for colleges, and filled out the Free Application For Federal Student Aid application (FAFSA). The majority of my peers did not get this lucky, and that continues to be true today for many high school Connect with us on LinkedIn Sign up for our Newsletter students, especially those who (like me) would be the first in their family to go to college or whose families are low-income. In America, we say we value equal opportunity and most of us would be highly offended if a smart and talented young American didn’t go to college because they had no guidance and little money.

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October 2015 Newsletter

Message from Michele Siqueiros, Executive Director

Policy Update: Associate Degrees for Transfer

Research: Upcoming Report on admissions to California’s public universities

Recent Higher Education News and Research: Cal State system stretched to its limits by student demand

News and Notes from the Campaign: Community College Update on Associate Degree for Transfer

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Research Alert | 2015 The Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Report

The Campaign for College Opportunity in partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles today released “The State of Higher Education in California: Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander,” report which examines how the state’s 6.3 million Asian Americans and 347,501 Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, representing one in seven Californians, are faring in higher education.
The Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community is the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in California and when AANHPI go to college in California, they overwhelmingly attend the state’s public colleges and universities.  Eighty-seven percent of Asian Americans and 73% of NHPI start their college career at a public institution. Nearly half of all Asian Americans (47%) and 55% of NHPI start at a California community college.

August Newsletter

Message from Michele Siqueiros, Executive Director

Policy Update: Basic Skills Education Implementation Plan Moves Forward

Research: Upcoming State of Higher Education in CA for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Report

Recent Higher Education News and Research: Defining College Affordability

News and Notes from the Campaign: Community College Completion Core (C4)

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Alert | UC Unveils Community College Transfer Pathways

This week the University of California (UC) took an important step toward simplifying the transfer pathway for California community college students. For too long, community college students looking to transfer to the UC to earn their bachelor degrees were confronted with a complex and difficult to navigate process which yielded low rates of transfer. Yesterday’s news of a single set of courses that will prepare transfer students for one of ten popular majors at any of the UC’s nine undergraduate campuses is historic.  Another 11 majors are in development and will cover two thirds of the pathways into the UC.

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Policy Brief Alert | Proposition 209

State funding for public universities has not kept pace with the growing young adult population seeking a spot in college, and this has created a more competitive college admissions process. It is harder to get into college today than it has ever been for previous generations. As you’ve read in our latest reports on the state of Latino and Black students in higher education, racial inequities have persisted over time and continue to grow. While there are many factors that have a role in this disheartening trend, our latest policy brief examines the effects of Proposition 209, the voter approved ban on the use of race in college admissions. Proposition 209 has created barriers to college access for California students and has had the biggest impact on Black and Latino students applying to the University of California’s (UC) most selective campuses.

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June Newsletter

Message from Michele Siqueiros, Executive Director

Policy update: $60 Million Investment in Remedial Education Redesign and the 2015-16 Enacted State Budget

Research: State of Latinos & Blacks in California Higher Education Webinar

Recent Higher Education News and Research: Testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Op-ed Remedial Education Reform, Ending Racism is Still a Civil Rights Issue, The State of Latinos in U.S. Higher Education

News and Notes from the Campaign: Community College Completion Corps, CSU Super Saturday,we’re hiring, latest media coverage, and new funding

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Research Alert | 2015 The Black Report

Our newest report, The State of Higher Education in California – Black Report  is being released today. California is home to the fifth largest Black population in the nation, and while our research has some good news – more Black adults today have a high school diploma and college degree than in the past there is also disheartening findings. Black high school students are still less likely to graduate from high school and when they do, less likely to have completed the college preparatory curriculum needed for admission to the University of California and California State University systems compared to other major racial/ethnic groups. Black students who do make it to college are the most likely to be placed into pre-college level coursework, the least likely to graduate from college, and the most likely to enroll in for-profit colleges – some of which have traditionally poor rates of student success and high tuition costs and student debt levels.

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Alert | 2015 Basic Skills Budget Allocation

Heeding the call to invest in bright spots in remedial education redesign, Governor Brown announced last week a crucial $60 million investment for the Basic Skills and Student Outcomes Transformation Program. The program will assist community colleges in improving delivery of basic skills instruction by adopting or expanding the use of high impact practices that are proven to significantly increase the number of under-prepared students who successfully complete.

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