California Competes: Higher Education for a Strong Economy

A message from our Executive Director, Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez:Dear Partners, Friends, and Colleagues,I cannot begin to ex...
04/03/2020
Policy Solutions in Times of Crisis

A message from our Executive Director, Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez:

Dear Partners, Friends, and Colleagues,

I cannot begin to express my sadness regarding the many lives that have been lost to COVID-19 in the context of this message except to give my heartfelt condolences to those of you who have lost loved ones. I want to share my sincere wishes for a speedy recovery to those of you who are ill and my deepest thanks to those of you working on the frontlines in direct service to our communities.

Continue reading: https://californiacompetes.org/newsletters/our-current-crisis-and-policy-solutions-for-the-future

Our Current Crisis and Policy Solutions for the Future

Just released! A closer look at one promising California Community Colleges program that's impacting adult students who ...
02/27/2020
From Practice to Policy: How Institutions Accelerate Adult Completion…

Just released! A closer look at one promising California Community Colleges program that's impacting adult students who attend Shasta College. The brief offers important takeaways for administrators and policymakers! http://ow.ly/QBBH50yxMwl

Completing college presents steep challenges for many working adults, who need to manage costs while also balancing their home and work lives. Adult students’ lagging college persistence and completion rates led Shasta College to launch its Accelerated College Education (ACE) program. ACE offers a...

ICYMI: Read Policy and Research Analyst Gail Yen's analysis of Governor Newsom's 2020-21 Proposed Budget. She takes a cl...
01/17/2020
Governor’s 2020-21 Proposed Budget Prioritizes Workforce Development | California Competes

ICYMI: Read Policy and Research Analyst Gail Yen's analysis of Governor Newsom's 2020-21 Proposed Budget. She takes a closer look at how this proposed spending could impact higher education and workforce development.

https://californiacompetes.org/blog/governors-2020-21-proposed-budget

Governor Newsom's proposed budget directly addresses two of California Competes’ key priorities: accelerating attainment for adults to fuel the economy and…

"A certificate's value is tied to being in the right field and working in that field." Read more on how certificates imp...
11/27/2019
Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees

"A certificate's value is tied to being in the right field and working in that field." Read more on how certificates impact earnings for men and women differently:

Certificates are the fastest growing postsecondary credential, and second only to Bachelor's degrees in the number earned each year. In this report, we provide a comprehensive analysis of the returns to certificates and who earns them.

California Competes Senior Research Analyst Dr. Valerie Lundy-Wagner is on the roster of keynote speakers for next week'...
11/06/2019
Future of Learning Summit

California Competes Senior Research Analyst Dr. Valerie Lundy-Wagner is on the roster of keynote speakers for next week's Future of Learning Summit hosted by San Jose State University and SJSU Lurie College of Education.

There's still time to register so you can engage in this meaningful dialogue about how we learn today and consider how teaching and learning can and should evolve in the years ahead.

We hope to see you there on Wednesday, November 13!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/future-of-learning-summit-registration-74365458087?utm_medium=ebcampaigns&aff=odeccpebemailcampaigns&utm_source=eventbrite&utm_campaign=17694

A series of local and nationally-recognized speakers will spark conversation by addressing the question -- “What is the future of learning?"

Read an update from Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez on her experiences since becoming California Competes' Executive Director last...
10/17/2019
A Message from Our New Executive Director, Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez | California Competes

Read an update from Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez on her experiences since becoming California Competes' Executive Director last month, and learn why her work in higher education policy has deep personal meaning. http://californiacompetes.org/newsletters/a-message-from-our-executive-director

As a first-generation college student, woman of color, daughter of an immigrant, and STEM major, I come to California Competes with a deep understanding of what

California Competes' Leadership Council is made up of local elected officials and former legislators as well as business...
09/24/2019
Leadership Council | California Competes

California Competes' Leadership Council is made up of local elected officials and former legislators as well as business and community leaders who are committed to policy reform that will deliver a critical mass of well-educated, diverse Californians whose talents match the demands of the 21st century.

Learn more about our Council members here:

http://californiacompetes.org/about/council

Higher education for a strong economy

California Competes is taking a deeper look into the students who make up our state’s new-normal student population, inc...
09/10/2019
Exploring California’s New Normal Student Population | California Competes

California Competes is taking a deeper look into the students who make up our state’s new-normal student population, including incarcerated adults and student parents.

Program Associate Ilaf Esuf introduces our new blog series in her recent post.

http://californiacompetes.org/blog/exploring-californias-new-normal-student-population

California Competes takes a deeper look into the students who make up our state’s new-normal student population, including incarcerated adults and student…

All students, including student parents, have basic needs that must be met to succeed in higher education. California Co...
09/06/2019
Higher Ed Chat: Los Angeles Valley College Family Resource Center | California Competes

All students, including student parents, have basic needs that must be met to succeed in higher education.

California Competes recently learned more about how the LAVC Family Resource Center is setting more students up for success by taking a two-generation approach on campus.

http://californiacompetes.org/blog/higher-ed-chat-los-angeles-valley-college-family-resource-center

Tuition is not the sole culprit in California’s college affordability crisis. The cost of housing, food, and supplies add up to make the total cost of college

Earlier this month, Governor Gavin Newsom announced his Council for Post-Secondary Education which will tackle issues su...
08/21/2019
California Steps Toward Better Coordination in Higher Education

Earlier this month, Governor Gavin Newsom announced his Council for Post-Secondary Education which will tackle issues such as institutional capacity, enrollment planning, community college transfers, general education, and coordination on a regional and state level.

This formalized forum for communication is a crucial initial effort to identify solutions to the state’s core higher education challenges. We at California Competes recognize these developments as significant progress toward improved communication and coordination across the state’s public colleges and universities. Learn more about the Governor’s Council and what it means for #highered #coordination in CA:
http://ow.ly/el0J50vDmsP

Local data-driven initiatives offer important takeaways for policymakers to consider when implementing the statewide lon...
08/05/2019
From Practice to Policy: How Institutions Leverage Data to Improve… | California Competes

Local data-driven initiatives offer important takeaways for policymakers to consider when implementing the statewide longitudinal data system. Institutions and state leaders can significantly improve student success by making data-driven decisions. Learn more here:

http://californiacompetes.org/publications/from-practice-to-policy-how-institutions-leverage-data-to-improve-outcomes

Drawing from interviews and publicly available documents, the brief describes how leaders can leverage data to modernize institutional practices and inform…

“Today’s students, however, tend to be older — nearly 7.6 million college students in 2018 were 25 years or older. And o...
08/01/2019
Higher education can't leave working families behind

“Today’s students, however, tend to be older — nearly 7.6 million college students in 2018 were 25 years or older. And of the 12.1 million students enrolled in community colleges in 2015-16, about 900,000 were 40 or older.”

The new normal student population is heavily comprised of adults whose realities are often different from the outdated “traditional” student the system is modeled after. Policymakers must recognize this significant student population and work towards expanding higher education opportunities so all of California’s students can thrive.

https://hechingerreport.org/opinion-higher-education-families/

Higher education must not leave working families behind. Community college and technical degrees make sense for both finances and careers

To truly improve California's postsecondary education system, policymakers must expand opportunities for adults, develop...
07/23/2019
California Competes 2019 Policy Platform | California Competes

To truly improve California's postsecondary education system, policymakers must expand opportunities for adults, develop an effective statewide longitudinal data system that includes workforce data, and build stronger coordination across the state's massive higher education infrastructure.

Learn more about our recommendations to increase access, coordination, and transparency for the benefit of all California students.

http://californiacompetes.org/publications/california-competes-2019-policy-platform

State leaders have a prime opportunity to modernize the state's system of higher education and build pathways to prosperity for more Californians. Together, we…

Together, we can deliver the benefits of a college credential to all Californians who want to learn, contribute, and suc...
07/12/2019
In California, High Schools Are Partnering With Businesses, Community Colleges to Get Students College- and Career-Ready

Together, we can deliver the benefits of a college credential to all Californians who want to learn, contribute, and succeed.

Neither zip code, race, nor gender should stand in any student's way.

https://www.the74million.org/article/in-california-high-schools-are-partnering-with-businesses-community-colleges-to-get-students-college-and-career-ready/

The city mantra that greets visitors driving through Woodland is “The Food Front,” but high school students in this rural stretch of northern California may not even know the half of it. “They’re surrounded by farmland,” said John Purcell, head of vegetables research and development at Bay...

California Competes Interim Executive Director Ria Sengupta Bhatt recently chatted with representatives from the Los Ang...
07/01/2019
Higher Ed Chat: The L.A. Compact and CSUN Connections | California Competes

California Competes Interim Executive Director Ria Sengupta Bhatt recently chatted with representatives from the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, CSUN, and the LACCD about CSUN Connections, a reverse transfer initiative to support adults with some college but no degree in the Los Angeles area.

Read what they had to say about this important work to put more degrees in the hands of adults in the Los Angeles area.

http://californiacompetes.org/blog/higher-ed-chat-csun-connections

California Competes Interim Executive Director Ria Sengupta Bhatt recently chatted with representatives from the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, California State

California Compete's Interim Executive Director is pleased to join today's panel on the importance of better coordinatin...
06/26/2019
The Campaign for College Opportunity

California Compete's Interim Executive Director is pleased to join today's panel on the importance of better coordinating California's system of higher education. This is a critical issue that we explore further in our brief, "The Case for a Statewide Higher Education Coordinating Entity."

http://californiacompetes.org/assets/general-files/Improve-Coordination_Final.pdf

THIS WEDNESDAY: Join us for a critical conversation on how we can establish a strong higher ed coordinating body to oversee our institutions, drive student success, close equity gaps, and meet future workforce demand. http://ow.ly/zMwN50uLQFv

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