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News & Commentary

Equitable, Affordable, & Timely Degree Completion: It’s Our Focus, and It Can Be Across California with Smart Policy

Last week, Governor Newsom and the state legislature agreed on a historic state spending plan that comprehensively invests in California’s future. The budget’s unprecedented investment in higher education aims to counteract enrollment decline at the California Community Colleges, support enrollment growth at the UC and CSU, improve college affordability through increased access to financial aid and nontuition Read more >

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News & Commentary

Emergency support for college students is a matter of financial equity, and it’s everyone’s business

  Emergency fund assistance for students in our state budget, paired with recently approved federal relief, recognizes an important lesson from the pandemic: Flexible cash assistance works. California offers relatively generous financial aid programs, but their application is limited, and too many of our students face serious financial strains outside of tuition that threaten to Read more >

Student Success Leader Dr. Shonda Goward

News & Commentary

Leading and Learning for Student Success: Q&A with California Education Policy Fellow Dr. Shonda Goward

California’s Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) brings approximately 20 professionals from K–12, postsecondary, policy, and practice together over the course of an academic year to explore and collaborate around the complex challenges our public education system faces. By supporting growth in individuals and cohorts over time, the program aims to foster collaborative policy development and Read more >

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News & Commentary, Press Releases & Announcements, Spotlights

Expanding Our Partnership with Community-Based Organizations Mobilizing for College Student Success

We are excited to announce the official public launch of the Community Engagement for College Success Network, consisting of 11 community-based organizations (CBOs) representing Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, and the Fresno area. Mobilizing around a shared goal to boost higher education access, affordability, and success in communities of color, this initiative serves to: Develop Read more >

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News & Commentary

Clarity in Crisis: An Equitable Recovery is the Only Recovery

The American Rescue Plan Act signed in March directs $151 billion to California. These funds will play a critical role in our state’s recovery from the pandemic and recession—and in ensuring future prosperity. But this recovery will only be successful now and sustainable long-term if state leaders are guided by equity, both in allocating funds Read more >

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News & Commentary

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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Press Releases & Announcements

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 >