‘Tis the season I love most, as hundreds of thousands of California college graduates put on their cap and gowns while friends and families cheer loudly for all the pomp and circumstance. High school graduates have made decisions about where they will be going to college, and many parents prepare for the angst of sending them off and planning how they will afford it all. This is why the Campaign for College Opportunity is supporting a record number of bills and funding priorities this year to significantly increase the number of spots in the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU), along with legislation that will establish a higher education coordinating body and a state education data system, expand financial aid to cover the full cost of college, and improve transfer.
With our partners at Ed Trust—West, we have launched a campaign to protect college opportunity at the CSU, which is under threat from a proposal to raise eligibility requirements for incoming freshman without data proving the change is necessary, without consultation with K-12, and without considering the clear inequities these new requirements would create for Black, Latinx, Native American, and low-income students. You can read more about our advocacy below, and I invite you to join us. Read more