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University of California Makes Historic Decision to End Use of the SAT and ACT for Eligibility and Admission to their Campuses

Today, the University of California (UC) Regents voted unanimously (23-0) to improve college admissions by ending their reliance on the SAT and ACT in their admissions process. We applaud UC President Janet Napolitano and the Regents for this bold step in creating a more equitable admissions process that does not rely on racially biased admissions tests.

After several education advocates, researchers, and Regents cited that the SAT and ACT discriminate based on race/ethnicity and income during today’s UC Regents meeting, the Regents voted to extend the current test-optional model—instituted due to restricted access to testing brought on by COVID-19—for another two years before going test-blind, a model where the SAT and ACT will not be used in admissions at all. Student Regent Jamaal Muwwakkil had a message for those concerned about measures to increase diversity at the institution: “Prestige has been juxtaposed with diversity and selectivity with equity, and I don’t know if that aligns with who we want to be in the future.”

“The University of California’s decision sends a clear message that biased, pay-to-play admissions tests will no longer be tolerated,” said Michele Siqueiros, Campaign for College Opportunity president.  “After years of research pointing to the racial and income biases of these tests that fuel a billion-dollar industry more concerned with profits than fairness, coupled with the recent College Admissions Scandal, it is time for colleges and universities across the country to do more than simply talk about their ‘Commitments to Diversity.’  They must finally act on them by eliminating admissions practices that discriminate based on a student’s zip code, income status, and race/ethnicity.” Read more. 

Dan Schnur on UC scandal: ‘The key is providing another set of eyes… without compromising their academic independence’

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UC proposes first tuition increase in six years for more faculty, courses and financial aid

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African-American college enrollment drop in CA steep since 2011

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A Gift for all of California’s Students

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By: Aileen Zhong, Policy & Programs Associate

Every year we are faced with a difficult task, to find the perfect gift for our students during the holiday season. And while you might wonder whether the student in your life really needs that extra pair of shoes or the latest iPhone you won’t have to wonder whether a gift from our list is necessary. This season the Campaign for College Opportunity wants to urge you to consider giving your student something that they, their peers and all California students could benefit from for years to come. Give your support to  improving access and completion to our state’s higher education system by getting involved with the Campaign in 2017 or by making a donation today!

In just a few short years, our state will experience a huge shortage of educated workers needed to meet California’s workforce demands. Access to our public colleges and universities has been constrained, selectivity has increased, and all the while the value of a college degree is more important than ever. To address these issues, we propose six ways you can get involved and give California students the gift of equal opportunity! Our list may not fit in a box, but it’s what our students need and deserve – so let’s get to work!  Read More

How Will We Keep College Affordable? A Conversation We Must Continue in 2017

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By Jake Brymner, Regional Affairs Manager, The Campaign for College Opportunity

As our nation’s capital prepares for a presidential transition in power, The Campaign for College Opportunity travelled to Washington, D.C. with a different agenda.  Twenty-two student ambassadors joined the Campaign alongside some of our community and business partners to call for financial aid policy to accommodate the growing number of students qualified to pursue higher education. Did you know that a record number of high school students are graduating and are college-ready and bound, yet too many of these students are facing the cost of college as a barrier to their attendance? And while we often hear of how missing the chance to earn a college degree has major lifelong implications for individuals, we don’t always realize how it’s also a major loss to our nation’s economy. Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce predicts that the U.S. needs to produce 11 million more post-secondary credentials by 2025 just to meet projected workforce demands making the imperatives and benefits of student-centered financial aid policy clearer than ever. Read More

Education leaders contemplate what Trump presidency means for California education | EdSource

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FAFSA Story Series: Melody Jimenez

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By: The Campaign for College Opportunity

Melody Jimenez is a 19-year-old, sophomore at Sacramento City College who is hoping to transfer to University of California, Berkeley as a political science major.

As the child of working-class Filipino immigrant parents, Melody has felt alone in navigating the college application and financial aid process.  Melody’s mother attended college in the Philippines, and is unfamiliar with the American higher education system, and her father has only taken a couple of community college classes.  As a result, Melody has largely endeavored to figure out the process on her own, often leading to twists and turns sending her down a less direct and inefficient path to pursuing her educational objectives. Read More

Paying for college: Overhauled financial aid system to give families key information earlier

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