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A Brief Farewell


‘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

Governor Newsom Budget Update Prioritizes Higher Education


In his updated budget proposal, Governor Gavin Newsom maintains his commitment to fund thousands of new seats for California students, invest in proven practices that improve graduation rates, and remove barriers to college affordability. While higher than expected tax revenues increased the total higher education budget from the Governor’s January proposal by an estimated $200 million, they led to modest financial aid investments; notably the expansion of a second year of free community college tuition through the California College Promise and rapid rehousing efforts at the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems.

The governor’s updated budget maintains $10 million to establish a strong educational data system from pre-K to K-12 to college and the workforce. Now is the time for the Governor to exert his leadership in creating a statewide higher education coordinating body that is inclusive of civil rights and business communities. The coordinating body can set an ambitious North Star goal for statewide college attainment and regularly monitor progress towards meeting the state’s workforce and economic demands while holding our colleges and universities accountable for improvement and the closing of persistent racial/ethnic gaps. Read more

15 Years of Making College Dreams a Reality


Working to ensure all Californians have an equal opportunity to attend and succeed in college in order to build a vibrant workforce, economy and democracy – that’s been the singular mission the Campaign for College Opportunity has focused on since our founding fifteen years ago.
California students, like Karen Dominguez and Tylar Campbell, who grace the covers of our recent State of Higher Education reports, are the reason that an unlikely coalition of business, education, and civil rights leaders came together to form the Campaign for College Opportunity in 2004.

Our founders believed that California was turning its back on the promise of college opportunity to current and future generations of students and the impact would bring serious economic and civil rights consequences. They knew that a broad-based coalition armed with good data and a student-centered public policy agenda could ensure that California delivers on its promise of a spot in college for all eligible students while improving college completion rates and eliminating racial/ethnic inequality in higher education. Read more

Webinar Recording: The State of Higher Education for Black Californians


On February 20th, we released the State of Higher Education for Black Californians report, a landmark report that reveals progress the state is making in better preparing Black students for college even while major inequities in college access and completion persist at our community colleges and universities.

Over 500 participants joined our webinar to discuss the report findings and learn about solutions that will ensure more Black Californians can attend and succeed in college. Click here or below to watch the webinar featuring our President, Michele Siqueiros, Dr. J. Luke Wood, Associate Vice President of Faculty Diversity & Inclusion at San Diego State University, and Dr. Teresa W. Aldredge, President of the Board of Directors of Umoja Community Education Foundation. Read more

New Report: The State of Higher Education for Black Californians


California’s Black families and students know the value of an education. Today, more Black students are graduating from high school, going to college, and earning degrees than ever before. But for many of the 2.2 million Black Californians the dream of going to college and crossing the graduation stage remains an illusion.

California cannot remain innovative, entrepreneurial, or economically competitive without closing persistent racial equity gaps in education and ensuring more Black students go to college and graduate.

Today, the Campaign for College Opportunity released the State of Higher Education for Black Californians, a landmark report that reveals progress the state is making in better preparing Black students for college even while major inequities in college access and completion persist. Read more

Three Higher Ed Advocates Join Our Board

Strong, diverse leadership has been instrumental to the direction and effectiveness of the work we do at the Campaign for College Opportunity. As business, college, civil rights, and community leaders, each member of our Board plays an active role in ensuring the Campaign does what is best for our students and our state. Join us in welcoming our three newest Board members whose work embodies the spirit of our mission. We invite you to learn more about our Board of Directors and our new 17-member Policy Research Advisory Board – experts in the fields of higher education and public policy who guide and inform our research agenda. Read more

Governor Newsom Prioritizes Higher Education in First Budget Proposal


The new Governor proposes a historic $1.4 billion increase over last year’s budget with key investments in college access, success, and affordability.

In his first budget proposal, Governor Gavin Newsom demonstrates that he clearly understands the value of a college education in helping to break the cycle of poverty, providing life-long opportunity, and creating a strong economy. Budget investments for thousands of new seats for California students, proven practices that improve graduation rates, and college affordability are the first steps toward the bold new vision and action California needs in higher education.

Understanding that free community college is just one tool to address the affordability challenges facing today’s students, Governor Newsom rightly proposes over $150 million to address hunger, housing, and the needs of student parents at our community colleges and public universities.

We applaud the governor for giving a clear directive to our college and university leaders to continue to improve transfer, time to degree, student success, and to close college success gaps.

The governor has kept his campaign promise to establish a strong educational data system from pre-K to K-12 to college and the workforce. Now is the time for the governor to exercise his leadership in establishing a statewide higher education coordinating body that is inclusive of the civil rights and business communities, that can set an ambitious North Star goal for statewide college attainment, that regularly monitors progress, and holds our colleges and universities accountable for delivering on the foundation the governor is laying in his budget proposal. Read more

NEW REPORT – State of Higher Education for Latinx in California

 
The future of California is dependent on the success of its Latinx residents. Today, we released the 2018 State of Higher Education for Latinx in California report, which documents some of the progress California has made in providing college opportunity to its Latinx students, as well as the gaps in college attainment, access, and completion. As the largest – and growing – student population in the state, California’s failure to close the college attainment gap between Latinx and White students will have grave consequences for our state’s economic standing. Read more

Congratulations, Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom! Now it’s Time to Get to Work


Election season might be over, but our work to keep California’s economy strong by investing in higher education is just getting started.

The Campaign for College Opportunity proudly hosted Governor-elect Gavin Newsom and Lt. Governor-elect Eleni Kounalakis in conversations on higher education. Both leaders made solid commitments to championing college opportunity and success in California.

Now it’s time Californians ensure that our new leaders follow through with their commitments.

California will need 1.65 million more adults with college degrees and credentials by 2030 if we want our state to remain competitive in the global economy. Our new leaders have the opportunity to make history and lead the nation in keeping the promise of college opportunity and success for all of California’s diverse residents. Read more

WEBINAR – State of Higher Education for Latinx in California


The ingenuity and opportunity in our Golden State is characterized by the countless contributions of Latinx leaders in California history. From our state’s earliest Mexican-American Governors, the critical agricultural labor that helps feed our nation, the influence of California’s Mexican-Americans in the Civil Rights Movement, to the visionary Facebook and Instagram Latinx tech co-founders in the Silicon Valley, Latinx are part of California’s history and will determine California’s future. Read more