One Million More College Graduates

The Public Policy Institute of California projects that by 2025, the state will be one million baccalaureate degrees short of meeting the economic productivity demands of our economy. And that’s not even the whole story. Jobs that require more than a high school education but less than a four year degree—“middle skill” jobs—will represent 43% of all job openings between 2006 and 2016 according to a recent California Edge Campaign report. The 2020 Vision Report by the Commission on the Future of the Community College League of California is calling for an increase in certificate and associate degree completions by one million by 2020.

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For every dollar California invests to get more students in and through college, it will receive a net return of three dollars. That means an additional one million graduates will generate $5.3 billion in return on investment to the state. California leaders have a critical opportunity this year to make history and move our state and college students forward in the right direction.


The Pledge

The One Million More College Graduates by 2025 Campaign (1MM) seeks to raise awareness about this impending college graduate and workforce shortage and calls on Governor Brown and the California Legislature to:

  • Ensure California provides a spot in college for all eligible students;
  • Support community colleges & universities with additional revenues;
  • Preserve financial aid for low & moderate income Californians through Cal Grants and increasing student access to federal Pell Grants;
  • Support higher education funding & policy priorities that hold colleges & universities accountable for increasing completion rates;
  • Improve the coordination between our two-year colleges & four-year universities, especially with regards to early college preparation, assessment, & transfer.

More than 1,000 Californians across the state have joined the 1MM Campaign. See the list of some of the highly influential Californians who’ve signed the pledge below:

Pledge Signers

Gisselle Acevedo, President and Chief Executive Officer, Para Los Ninos

Roberta Achtenberg, Trustee, California State University System

Robert Agrella, Superintendent/President, Santa Rosa Junior College

Christina Bivona-Tellez, Regional Vice President, Hospital Association of Southern California

Marilyn Brock, President, Coastline Community College

Seth Brysk, Executive Director, American Jewish Committee

Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, City of West Sacramento

Herb Carter, Trustee, California State University System

Norma Cazares, Transfer Center Director, Southwestern College

Maria Casillas, President, Families in Schools

Carol Chandler, Owner, Chandler Farms

Jesse Cheng, Student Regent, University of California

Maria Contreras-Sweet, Founding Chairwoman, PROMERICA Bank

Duane Dauner, President, California Hospital Association

Alison De Lucca, Director, Southern California College Access Network

James Doti, President, Chapman University

Todd Flora, Manager of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, IBM

Yolie Flores, Vice President, Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education

Jolene Francis, President/CEO, Chico Chamber of Commerce

Lee Fuller, District Student Trustee, Coast Community College District

Roberta Furger, Research and Communications Manager, PICO California

Katie Gagnon, Director of Public Policy, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership

Monica Garcia, President, Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education

Carlos A. Garcia, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District

Donald Gerth, President Emeritus, California State University Sacramento

Steve Gonsalves, Chairman of the Board, Chico Economic Planning Corporation

Linda Griego, President and CEO, Griego Enterprises, Inc.

Dianne Harrison, President, California State University, Monterey Bay

Gary Hart, Former Secretary of Education

Bill Hauck, President, California Business Roundtable

Michael Henson, California Director, National Academy Foundation

Antonia Hernandez, President and Chief Executive Officer, California Community Foundation

Robert Hertzberg, Co-Chair, California Forward

Dolores Huerta, Founder, Dolores Huerta Foundation

Stewart Kwoh, President and Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC)

Jowel Laguerre, Superintendent/President, Solano Community College

Jeremy Lahoud, Executive Director, Californians for Justice

Gloria Lamas, Vice President of Associated Student Union, East Los Angeles College

Dr. Dawn Lindsay, Superintendent/President, Glendale Community College

Bob Linscheid, Trustee, California State University System

Ruben Lizardo, Associate Director, PolicyLink

Jo A.S. Loss, President, California State Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Domenika Lynch, Executive Director, USC Mexican American Alumni Association

John Mack, President, Los Angeles Police Commission

David (Mas) Masumoto, Author and Farmer

Jamie Merisotis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lumina Foundation for Education, Inc.

Reid Milburn, President, Student Senate for California Community Colleges

Kindred Murillo, Vice Chancellor, Contra Costa Community College District

Cynthia Murray, President/CEO, North Bay Leadership Council

Miles Nevin, Executive Director, California State Student Association

John Nixon, President, Mt. San Antonio College

Jack O’Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Superintendent – President, Long Beach CCC District and Long Beach City College

Judy Patrick, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Women’s Foundation of California

Henry Perez, Acting Executive Director, InnerCity Struggle

Marco Petruzzi, President and Chief Operating Officer, Green Dot Public Schools

George Pla, President and CEO, Cordoba Corporation

Anne Price, Program Director, California Tomorrow

Frank Quevedo, Board Member, MALDEF

Jessica Quintana, Executive Director, Centro CHA Inc.

Arun Ramanathan, Executive Director, Education Trust West

Ramona Ripston, Executive Director, ACLU of Southern California

Charles Reed, Chancellor, California State University System

Constance Rice, Co-Director, The Advancement Project

Darline P. Robles, Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools

Mark Rocha, President, Pasadena City College

Nancy L. Rohland-Heinrich, Vice Chancellor, National University System

Bryce Ruiz, President and CEO, Ruiz Foods, Inc.

Frederick Ruiz, Chairman of the Board, Ruiz Food Products, Inc. and UC Regent

Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Sam Schauerman, Interim President, Fullerton College

Jack Scott, Chancellor, California Community Colleges System

Alexis Shah, Executive Director, College Summit

Dr. Hamid Shirvani, President, California State University, Stanislaus

Dixon Slingerland, Executive Director, Youth Policy Institute

Abdi Soltani, Executive Director, ACLU of Northern California

Blair Taylor, Executive Director, Los Angeles Urban League

Gary Toebben, President and CEO, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

Van Ton-Quinlivan, Director, Workforce Strategy and Diversity, Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation

Kim Thomas-Barrios, Executive Director, USC Neighborhood Academic Initiatives

Helen Iris Torres, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality

David Valladolid, President and CEO, Parent Institute for Quality Education

Judith Valles, President, Los Angeles Mission College

Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, NALEO

Nora Vargas, Board Member, Parent Institute for Quality Education

Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor, City of Los Angeles

David Villarino Gonzalez, President, Farmworker Institute of Education and Leadership Development (FIELD)

Richard Vladovic, Board of Education Vice President, Los Angeles Unified School District

Stephen Weber, President, San Diego State University

Steve Weiner, Board Member, Campaign for College Opportunity

Deacon John Wilson, III, Education & Enrichment Director, West Angeles Church

David Wolf, Board Member, Campaign for College Opportunity

Mark Yudof, President, University of California System

Allan Zaremberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, California Chamber of Commerce