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What We’re Reading: Systems Change

“I think about systems change in two parts. First, there is seeing the system for what it is, and recognizing the structures, policies, practices, narratives, and cultures keeping the system intact. The second part is truly understanding the change we as a foundation want to make,” says Elizabeth González, Ph.D., chief program and strategy officer Read more >

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Governor’s Proposed Budget Keeps College Students Centered Amid Projected Deficit

On Tuesday morning Governor Newsom released his proposed budget for 2023-24, providing details on his plan to spend $297 billion. Newsom acknowledged the economic volatility of the moment during his press conference in Sacramento while also sharing his Administration’s intent to “[keep] our promises.” While cuts and delayed investments in certain areas are evident throughout Read more >

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Message from Eloy Ortiz Oakley on Diverse Higher Ed Leadership, “Whiteness Rules” Report and Toolkit

College Futures Foundation’s work is rooted in increasing the number of diverse Californians that obtain a bachelor’s degree. To meet Governor Gavin Newsom’s call to action to ensure that at least 70% of working age adults in California obtain a postsecondary credential by 2030, California needs to take a hard look at the leadership of Read more >

Publications & Research

Celebrating Exemplary Student Support Leaders

Stories and Practical Advice from California Community College Faculty and Staff At a time when our country was paralyzed by a global pandemic, student support leaders took action. As the related economic recession and racial reckoning unfolded and the pandemic kept us away from campuses, student support leaders leaned into the challenges, created places of Read more >

Press Releases & Announcements

Sara Kaur Sandhu Joins College Futures as Senior Communications Officer

We are pleased to announce that Sara Kaur Sandhu has joined College Futures Foundation as Senior Communications Officer. In this role, she will be responsible for a range of institutional, programmatic, and initiative-specific communications, including activities under the areas of: audience engagement, issue framing, messaging, publication and content production, research, media relations, communications grantmaking support, Read more >

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Whiteness Rules: Racial Exclusion in Becoming an American College President

While the majority of students in California’s public higher education system are Latinx, Asian American & Pacific Islander, and Black, the racial-ethnic and gender makeup of the presidents of these colleges and universities is much the same as in the 1970s: almost exclusively white and male. Why has so little changed in California’s colleges and Read more >

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A Conversation on Student Debt Relief

Student debt—and federal student debt relief efforts—are in the headlines these days. With the costs of attending college mounting, especially for students already facing outsized financial barriers who know how much a degree would mean for their families and job prospects, much is at stake. Challenges with student debt have been growing for decades. While Read more >

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In Partnership for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Dear Friends,  College Futures Foundation, together with each of our grantees and partners, has worked to create equitable access to educational opportunity that sets Californians on a path to economic mobility and a better life—especially those who have been disproportionately impacted by the rising costs associated with attending college. In the spirit of partnership, I Read more >