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California’s $133 Billion Payoff: Increasing College Degree Attainment and Closing Racial Equity Gaps Yields Incredible Economic Benefits for the State and Its Residents

California will generate $133 billion in additional state and federal revenue, and residents will gain $435 billion in additional income by 2030 by increasing college degree production and closing racial equity gaps, according to California’s Biggest Return, a publication released today by the Campaign for College Opportunity.

To reap billions in state and federal revenues, California must ensure 60% of Black; Latinx; American Indian/Alaska Native; Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander; and white residents hold a degree or high-value credential by 2030. When California reaches the 60% college attainment for all racial/ethnic group milestone, individuals and the state win big! With an investment of $79 billion, the state will see:

Additional revenue for California residents by 2030

  • $435 billion in cumulative additional income before taxes
  • $329 billion in cumulative additional money to spend or save after taxes
  • A rise in the average income among Latinx Californians in the workforce by $9,621 per year
  • A rise in the average income among Black Californians in the workforce by $4,196 per year
  • A rise in the average income among American Indian/Alaska Native Californians in the workforce by $8,882 per year

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New Research: “The State of Higher Education For Black Californians” California Must Do More To Ensure Black Students Are Supported To Earn College Degrees

Targeted support for Black students is needed to counteract the devastating effects of COVID-19 and historic racial injustice in our state.

Today, the Campaign for College Opportunity released “The State of Higher Education for Black Californians,” a landmark report that details the current state of college preparation, access and success for Black residents and offers a series of concrete action steps to increase college opportunity.

California is home to the fifth-largest Black population in the United States, with just over 2.1 million Black residents living in the state. Black Californians are a significant part of the social, cultural, and economic fabric of the state contributing to everything from our aerospace industry, Hollywood, the fight for civil rights, to our political institutions. But in many ways, California has excluded Black Californians from full citizenship and freedom through racist policies providing inadequate public funding to predominantly Black schools, ensuring too many Black Californians lack access to high-quality schools and college preparation, and contributing to generations of poverty, mass incarceration, and limited social mobility.

Black students and their families understand the importance of a college education and there is good news to share: Read more

New Research Finds that California Must Do More to Support Formerly and Currently Incarcerated Students Seeking to Earn a College Degree

Today, the Campaign for College Opportunity released “The Possibility Report: From Prison to College Degrees in California,” a research publication that provides demographics on California’s incarcerated and paroled populations, highlights the unique barriers currently and formerly incarcerated students face on their path toward a degree and provides recommendations for college campuses and the state to increase college opportunity for these students.

Currently, of the 650,000 Californians who are incarcerated, on parole, or on probation, fewer than 20,000 (less than three percent) are enrolled in some form of higher education. Increasing college success among these individuals would benefit the students and the state, as, one study estimated that if 50% of college-eligible incarcerated Californians participated in a postsecondary prison education program, the state could potentially save $66.6 million per year. However, currently and formerly incarcerated students face a unique set of barriers to obtaining their degrees.

Through a series of focus groups with formerly incarcerated individuals who are attending or have attended a public college or university in California, the Campaign for College Opportunity learned that inconsistent services, messages, and policies work against the success of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students. The focus groups revealed: Read more

Aleksandra Reetz, Advisor to LTG Kounalakis, Honored for Student-Centered Policy

The Campaign for College Opportunity recently recognized Aleksandra Reetz, policy advisor to California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, at their second annual Legislative Deans List Reception. Reetz was honored with Distinction in Student-Centered Policy Leadership for her efforts in informing the Lieutenant Governor’s work on the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) governing boards. Her policy expertise supported the Lt. Governor in protecting access to the CSU and UC, as she engaged in critical conversations on admissions changes that threatened to make California’s public universities more selective than ever before.

“Aleksandra Reetz has established herself as a highly effective policy advisor and true ally in the work to protect and increase college access and success for California students,” said Jessie Ryan, executive vice president of the Campaign for College Opportunity. Read more

Assemblymember Jose Medina (AD-61) Recognized for Protecting College Access

The Campaign for College Opportunity recently honored Assemblymember Jose Medina (AD-61) with a Distinction in Preserving College Dreams award for his leadership in advocating to ensure students have a path to equitable admissions at California public universities. As the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) considered admissions changes that would have restricted access for Black, Latinx, and low-income students, Medina stepped up and introduced Assembly Bill 1930, which demanded more transparency and coordination in the decision-making process of changing college admissions requirements.

“Our public colleges and universities need a more collaborative and equity-minded process when establishing and changing a student’s eligibility requirements. Assemblymember Medina saw the need for the CSU, UC, K-12, and the state legislature to work together to ensure that our all students are given a fair shot in the college admissions process,” said Jessie Ryan, executive vice president of the Campaign for College Opportunity. Read more

Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell Honored for Fighting to Protect Students College Dreams During Pandemic

The Campaign for College Opportunity recently recognized Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell with a Distinction in Courageous Pandemic Response for her exemplary leadership in ensuring students had emergency aid and critical supports at California colleges and universities amid a global pandemic. Supervisor Mitchell, who previously served as a state senator and as chair of the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee, worked tirelessly to protect financial aid levels and to ensure the availability of emergency funding to community college and undocumented students during a time of tremendous uncertainty.

“Former Senator Mitchell’s fierce leadership on the state budget protected college access for thousands of students with dreams of earning a college degree. She fought particularly hard to meet the needs of Latinx and Black students who have been disproportionately harmed by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Jessie Ryan, executive vice president of the Campaign for College Opportunity. “The continued investments our state’s leaders make in higher education will be vital to ensuring student success and economic recovery.” Read more

Assemblymember Philip Ting (AD-19) Recognized for Student-Centered Pandemic Response

The Campaign for College Opportunity recently recognized Assemblymember Philip Ting (AD-19) during their second annual Legislative Dean’s List Reception. Assemblymember Ting was honored with Distinction in Courageous Pandemic Response for his leadership in developing timely and efficient budgets that ensured adequate funding for our California colleges and universities amid a global pandemic. Assemblymember Ting, who serves as chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, worked to protect financial aid levels for California students and to ensure the availability of emergency funding to community college and undocumented students during a time of tremendous financial uncertainty amongst students.

“Assemblymember Ting’s work on the 2020-21 State Budget recognized the urgent need for state leaders to protect college access and success for thousands of students with dreams of earning a college degree, particularly Latinx and Black students who have been disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Jessie Ryan, executive vice president of the Campaign for College Opportunity. “We commend Assemblymember Ting for leading our state to make these important investments that will support our students to continue and complete their education.” Read more

Secretary of State Dr. Shirley N. Weber Recognized as a Student-Centered Racial Equity Champion

The Campaign for College Opportunity recognized newly confirmed Secretary of State Dr. Shirley N. Weber with a Distinction in Elevating Racial Equity for championing fighting to level the playing field by reversing the ban on affirmative action and removing systemic barriers that disproportionately keep Black and Latinx students from attending and succeeding at California’s public colleges and universities.

“Last year, as the nation faced a racial reckoning brought on by decades of racism and injustice, Dr. Weber’s answered the call, introducing ACA 5 and Proposition 16 to reignite a conversation about the urgent need for affirmative action and other race-conscious policies to close racial disparities in hiring and college admissions,” said Jessie Ryan, executive vice president of the Campaign for College Opportunity. Read more

Governor Newsom’s Budget Proposes a Critical $1.3B Increased Investment in Higher Education

Balancing the urgent needs of students through COVID-19 crisis response with an eye towards supporting inclusive economic recovery, Governor Newsom boldly reaffirms his commitment to equity in higher education in his 2021-22 State Budget Proposal

Governor Gavin Newsom proposed a $1.3 billion increase for higher education in his third Budget proposal with vital student investments spanning early childhood education to college, an intentional focus on closing racial equity gaps, strengthening infrastructure proven to increase college access and completion, and support for vulnerable student populations most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Offering struggling students a lifeline during COVID-19, the Governor’s proposed budget provides $190.6 million in emergency assistance for California’s community colleges to bolster student retention, provide emergency financial assistance for low-income students, and other key supports. It also includes $30 million for the California State University (CSU) and $15 million for the University of California (UC) for emergency grants for full-time, low-income students.

The proposed budget makes a momentous investment in racial equity in higher education, including $35 million for cultural competency professional development at the UC, CSU, and California’s community colleges and $600,000 in one-time funding to support implementation of systemwide anti-racism initiatives at the CSU. Additionally, it calls upon the UC to take significant action to reduce equity gaps with an ambitious goal of closing equity gaps by 2025. Read more

In-Person Press Event: Education and Community Leaders Urge YES on Proposition 15 and 16 for Education Equity and Opportunity in California

LOS ANGELES, CA – On Wednesday, October 28th, Alliance for a Better Community and the Campaign for College Opportunity will hold an in-person press event detailing why Propositions 15 and 16 are critical for increasing education equity and opportunity for all Californians. Community, K-12 and higher education leaders will highlight the urgent need to pass these propositions and answer questions from media in attendance.

A YES vote for Proposition 15 will reclaim $12 billion per year to fund education and much-needed local services for our communities. The proposition would collect 92% of new revenues from 10% of California’s wealthiest commercial property owners. Proposition 15 will reclaim $3.7 billion annually for local schools and communities in Los Angeles County alone. $1 billion would go to K-12 schools and $143 million to community colleges for Los Angeles County every year.

A YES vote for Proposition 16 would reinstate affirmative action, allowing colleges and universities to create policies that improve the diversity of their student bodies, faculty, and leadership and close the persistent racial/ethnic and gender equity gaps in college access and completion.

Proposition 15 and Proposition 16 can transform education in California. Proposition 16 gives us the tools to fight discrimination so that we can all thrive together. Proposition 15 gives us the resources to use those tools.

WHEN:
Wednesday, October 28  – 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

WHERE: Santee Education Complex
1921 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011
Event will be outside, in front of the school’s campus

WHO:
Michele Siqueiros – President, the Campaign for College Opportunity (Se Habla Espanol)
Vanessa Aramayo – Executive Director, Alliance For A Better Community(Se Habla Espanol)
David Goldberg – California Teachers Association
Steven Veres – Vice-President, Board of Trustees, Los Angeles Community College District
Peter Manzo – President & CEO, United Ways of California
Alberto Retana –  President and CEO, Community Coalition
April Verrett – President, SEIU 2015
Aidan Arasasingham – President, University of California  Student Association
Jennifer Ruiz – High School Student, LAUSD

Visuals: Proposition 15 & 16 signage, speakers at a podium and interviews with speakers

RSVP: Shae Collins – shae@collegecampaign.org

Watch on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/collegecampaign

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