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What We’re Reading – Capacity Building

Reimagining Capacity Building: Navigating Culture, Systems, & Power by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations “Capacity-building efforts generally focus on strengthening individual leaders or organizations, yet no one person or organization can solve today’s most pressing challenges. Increasingly, capacity builders who center racial equity are thinking more deeply about network and field capacity. By taking a systems approach, Read more >


Episode One

Universal Financial Aid Application Completion in California: Next Stop, Implementation

A new California law, AB 469, requires school districts to ensure that all high school seniors complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or California Dream Act Application. Hear more about AB 469 implementation efforts to-date and financial aid policy issues to watch from Jaclyn Piñero, CEO of uAspire, and Manny Rodriguez, the California policy and advocacy director for TICAS. Eloy Ortiz Oakley, president & CEO of College Futures Foundation, hosts. Read more >

News & Commentary

College Futures Foundation Welcomes New Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, Dr. Sonya Christian

The California Community College Board of Governors has named Dr. Sonya Christian as the next chancellor of the California Community Colleges. With this selection, Dr. Christian (pictured right) becomes the first woman to assume the permanent position of chancellor for the nation’s largest public higher education system. Dr. Christian’s unrelenting focus on equity is evident Read more >

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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 >