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Press Releases & Announcements

Betty Yee Joins College Futures Foundation Board of Directors

This June, College Futures Foundation welcomes Betty Yee to its board of directors. Former California State Controller, Yee has more than three decades of experience in public service, with an emphasis on state and local finance. A daughter of immigrants, she grew up handling financial transactions for the family laundry business while attending California public Read more >


Episode Four

What’s Next for the University of California? A Conversation with UC President Dr. Michael Drake

On this episode of Opportunity Forum with College Futures, host Eloy Ortiz Oakley sits down with Dr. Michael V. Drake, president of the University of California. Hear President Drake’s thoughts on expanding enrollment and transfer opportunities for Californians of all backgrounds, addressing total cost of attendance, improving postsecondary faculty and leader diversity, supporting student mental health, and other priorities as he enters his fourth year as president of the 155-year-old public university system. Read more >


T.E.A. with College Futures featuring Marcos Montes

In early 2020, Southern California College Attainment Network (SoCal CAN) launched Let’s Go to College CA (Let’s Go) – an online resource hub – to support students navigating higher education through the pandemic. What started as a pandemic-response effort, first funded by College Futures Foundation, has evolved over time into a learner-led virtual community where Read more >


Episode Three

Taking Responsibility for College Student Mental Health

On this episode of “Opportunity Forum with College Futures,” we ask and answer the question: Who is responsible for addressing college student mental health? Guest host Dr. April Yee, College Futures’ holistic student support and mental health lead, is joined by Dr. Tiffany Herbert, the associate vice president for health & well-being at CSU, Dominguez Hills and Dr. Lindsay Pérez Huber, an acclaimed researcher and professor at CSU, Long Beach, and co-author of College Futures’ new report titled “Degrees of Distress: How Higher Education Institutions Hurt and Help Student Mental Health.” Read more >

Publications & Research

Degrees of Distress: How Higher Education Institutions Hurt and Help Student Mental Health

With rising public concern around mental health, it is clear that serious stressors are taking a toll on the well-being of college students across the country — and that students of color and those with significant financial barriers shoulder an even greater burden than their peers. Many larger forces are hurting student mental health — Read more >

News & Commentary

What We’re Reading – College Student Mental Health

Degrees of Distress: How Higher Education Institutions are Harming and Helping Student Mental Health “Regarding community of origin connections, research indicates that culture-based programs, courses, and organizations in higher education can allow students to maintain important connections to their home communities while also fostering meaningful connections with people on campus. When institutions reflect and engage Read more >

News & Commentary

Data Justice and Action is Long Overdue for AANHPI Students

In order to fulfill the vision of a California where postsecondary education advances racial, social, and economic equity, unlocking upward mobility now and for generations to come, we must deeply understand who our learners are, and what their experiences and needs might be on the path to achieving their educational goals. Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Read more >


T.E.A. with College Futures featuring Blanca Gomez

Welcome to T.E.A. with College Futures, a monthly feature dedicated to Talking Equity in Action with grantees, partners, and College Futures Foundation staff. Each month, we’ll highlight efforts addressing inequities in and around higher education and related to socio-economic mobility, and seek learnings and aspirations directly from changemakers. East Los Angeles College Dual Enrollment for Read more >