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Peter Taylor Joins College Futures Board of Directors

College Futures Foundation welcomes to its board of directors Peter Taylor—president of ECMC Foundation, a member of the California State University system’s Board of Trustees, and former CFO for the University of California system. Taylor has deep experience in higher education, finance, and philanthropy. He was appointed by the College Futures board on June 30. Read more >

News & Commentary

We Stand Against Racism

Today, our hearts are filled with grief and anger for the loss of too many black Americans and other people of color. Our thoughts are occupied by the deep-seated racial injustice that continues to permeate our society. We cannot let this pervasive racism that killed George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others Read more >

News & Commentary, Publications & Research

Pandemic’s Toll: New Survey Shows 3 in 4 CA College Students Worry About Staying on Track to Graduate

Academic, emotional, and financial hardships caused by the coronavirus crisis are threatening the ability of most California college students to complete their degrees, particularly if they are from low-income families and communities of color. Findings from a new survey conducted by The Education Trust—West showed that 75% of California students say that they are somewhat Read more >

News & Commentary, Publications & Research

Students Speak Their Truth About Transfer: What They Need to Get Through the Gate (2020)

Community colleges have long been a vital gateway to a bachelor’s degree, serving a majority of California high school graduates who enroll in higher education, particularly low-income students of color and first-generation college-goers. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, even more students will likely choose that pathway to save money and attend school closer to home. Read more >

Publications & Research

Getting Students Through the Gate: New Study Focuses on How Higher Education Can Increase Transfer Success

Community colleges have long been a vital gateway to a bachelor’s degree, serving a majority of California high school graduates who enroll in higher education, particularly low-income students of color and first-generation college-goers. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, even more students will likely choose that pathway to save money and attend school closer to home. Read more >

Student photographer takes a photo of a florist working during the coronavirus pandemic.

News & Commentary, Spotlights

Student Journalists’ Work and Voices Vital During Pandemic

Understanding challenges and opportunities in higher education requires understanding “the student experience”—which, in California, encompasses hundreds of campuses, multiple pathways toward a degree, and many diverse communities. Recognizing this and seeking to improve their coverage of higher education, news outlets CalMatters and EdSource launched programs in January to tap into the expertise of student journalists. Read more >

News & Commentary

Responding to Student Needs During COVID-19: Thoughts from Foundation President & CEO Monica Lozano

Dear colleagues and friends, The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it monumental challenges for California’s students. When the initial impacts began to hit campuses in March, we at College Futures Foundation knew we had to respond. In early April, we launched the California College Student Emergency Support Fund to help address basic needs for some Read more >

Press Releases & Announcements

College Futures on COVID-19 Response – Message to Partners

Dear partners, colleagues, and friends, We are thinking of you all during this challenging time. The rapidly shifting COVID-19 environment underscores the importance of the work you are doing to support students, families, and communities who would benefit most from college opportunity and socioeconomic mobility—and how complex and changeable this work can be. First, we Read more >

News & Commentary

Testimony on Addressing Capacity Shortfalls at California’s Universities

Ria Sengupta Bhatt, the new director of public policy at College Futures Foundation, testified before the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance on March 10, 2020 on the topic of building capacity at California’s colleges and universities. Her remarks follow. We must build higher education capacity if California’s diverse students are to earn degrees, achieve Read more >