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Gubernatorial Higher Ed Appointees Reflect Student Diversity, Importance of Latino Leadership

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced ten new appointees to the governing boards of California’s three public higher education segments. Seven of these appointees are Latino—a strong statement in recognition of our diverse student population and the importance and power of Latino leadership for higher education and socioeconomic mobility. One of the appointees, Julia Lopez, previously Read more >


Recognizing Continuous Improvement That Advances Equity and Builds a Student-First Culture

Through College Futures Foundation’s Leaders Driving Change recognition series, we will lift up leaders, institutions, and organizations committed to equitable, student-centered support and a culture of continuous improvement. We’ll focus on individuals and teams who are easing student transitions, providing holistic student supports, and prioritizing equity and inclusivity. Today’s college students are more diverse than Read more >

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Valery Vue Joins College Futures Foundation as Communications Associate

College Futures Foundation welcomes Valery Vue as the organization’s new Communications Associate. In this role, Vue will be collaborating closely with the Foundation’s Director of Strategic Communications, Regan Douglass, to produce and support effective communications efforts including digital campaigns, social media engagement, publications, presentations, and events—all in service to the Foundation’s commitment to equitable opportunity Read more >

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Equitable, Affordable, & Timely Degree Completion: It’s Our Focus, and It Can Be Across California with Smart Policy

Last week, Governor Newsom and the state legislature agreed on a historic state spending plan that comprehensively invests in California’s future. The budget’s unprecedented investment in higher education aims to counteract enrollment decline at the California Community Colleges, support enrollment growth at the UC and CSU, improve college affordability through increased access to financial aid and nontuition Read more >

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Emergency support for college students is a matter of financial equity, and it’s everyone’s business

  Emergency fund assistance for students in our state budget, paired with recently approved federal relief, recognizes an important lesson from the pandemic: Flexible cash assistance works. California offers relatively generous financial aid programs, but their application is limited, and too many of our students face serious financial strains outside of tuition that threaten to Read more >

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Leading and Learning for Student Success: Q&A with California Education Policy Fellow Dr. Shonda Goward

California’s Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) brings approximately 20 professionals from K–12, postsecondary, policy, and practice together over the course of an academic year to explore and collaborate around the complex challenges our public education system faces. By supporting growth in individuals and cohorts over time, the program aims to foster collaborative policy development and Read more >

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Expanding Our Partnership with Community-Based Organizations Mobilizing for College Student Success

We are excited to announce the official public launch of the Community Engagement for College Success Network, consisting of 11 community-based organizations (CBOs) representing Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, and the Fresno area. Mobilizing around a shared goal to boost higher education access, affordability, and success in communities of color, this initiative serves to: Develop Read more >

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Clarity in Crisis: An Equitable Recovery is the Only Recovery

The American Rescue Plan Act signed in March directs $151 billion to California. These funds will play a critical role in our state’s recovery from the pandemic and recession—and in ensuring future prosperity. But this recovery will only be successful now and sustainable long-term if state leaders are guided by equity, both in allocating funds Read more >