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After the Verdict: Dismantling Racism

Reflecting on the Derek Chauvin Trial and Building a New Future Yesterday, Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all charges in the killing of George Floyd. For me, as for many of us, the feeling of relief—that justice has been served—was intense. Overwhelming evidence should have made such a verdict a foregone conclusion, and yet, Read more >

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College Futures Welcomes New Strategic Learning Officer

College Futures Foundation is pleased to announce the newest addition to our team: Theresa Esparrago Lieu joins us as Strategic Learning Officer, a role integral to the Foundation’s commitment to systems change. Esparrago Lieu is a skilled evaluation consultant with deep experience in research design, qualitative and quantitative data collection, and analysis, and the role Read more >

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Student Parents: A Portrait of California Community College Students with Dependent Children

Parents are a significant portion of today’s California college students—especially at the community colleges—yet their experiences and needs have not been well understood. New research led by Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research at UC Davis aims to close that information gap. College Futures supported the research for this publication. Two research Read more >

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Recovery with Equity: A Roadmap for Higher Education After the Pandemic

So many people saw the trajectory of their lives altered and livelihoods uprooted by this pandemic. Even as we begin to bring the public health crisis under control, we face a long road to economic recovery. There is no question that higher education will play a critical role in California’s rebound from the pandemic-induced recession—but at this moment, Read more >

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Our Commitment to Racial Equity

Dear colleagues and friends, We are only a few weeks into the new year and, despite the odds, we are feeling decidedly hopeful. Positively so. Our civic institutions, state, and country are taking action to turn back the divisive, unjust, and inhumane policies of these past few years and together—through leadership and partnership—we can help Read more >

News & Commentary

This Challenging Time is the Right Time to Innovate in Higher Education

A new business model for higher education is inevitable. Let’s take advantage of this moment to transform our system for the better—for sustainability, equity, and student success. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended colleges and universities across the country, but this crisis may also be a catalyst for positive change. The need to convert to almost Read more >

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Improving the Pathway to the BA: An Examination of the Associate Degree for Transfer (2020)

California Community Colleges (CCCs) provide a critical entry point to higher education for millions of students across the state—many intending to go on to earn four-year degrees through a transfer to California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC). This is especially true for low-income and first-generation students and students of color. But many never transfer, and some do Read more >