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A New Era of Leadership for the University of California: Perspectives on Priorities for the UC Presidential Search (2020)

The leadership transition at the University of California is occurring at a unique moment, when the nature of learning, work, and the economy in our state are undergoing significant transformation. As head of one of the world’s premier postsecondary research institutions, the new UC president will help shape the future of higher education in California Read more >

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A quick fix is unlikely for California colleges’ capacity woes – Education Dive

By Daniel C. Vock California faces a fairly unique problem: Its colleges and universities are quickly filling up and are beginning to struggle to educate everyone who is eligible to enroll there. By 2030, some 144,000 state residents who are otherwise qualified to attend its public universities to earn a bachelor’s degree won’t be able Read more >

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Grantee Perspectives: What Will 2020 Bring For Student Success?

In the new year—and the new decade—College Futures looks forward to working with our grantees and partners to ensure that all California students have the opportunity to succeed in college and beyond. As we look ahead to 2020, we asked some of our partners for their perspectives on the most critical challenges to address as Read more >

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Leaders selected in California’s unprecedented searches will help shape future of higher education – EdSource

By Larry Gordon California’s two public university systems are looking for Supermen or Superwomen who can increase funding, protect academic prestige, bolster graduation rates, ensure labor peace and work for social justice. With such lofty and perhaps unrealistic goals, unprecedented simultaneous searches are underway to fill the top leadership positions at the ten-campus University of Read more >

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Community advocates improved higher education access, equity from new UC president – Daily Bruin

By Sophia Kloster UCLA students and faculty said at a forum Tuesday they think the next president of the University of California needs to pay attention to issues such as sustainability, inclusivity and accessibility. The forum, which was hosted by the UC and College Futures Foundation, an organization that fights for equity and accessibility for Read more >

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College Futures Foundation Adds Director of Public Policy and Senior Program Officer to Team

College Futures Foundation welcomes Director of Public Policy Ria Sengupta Bhatt and Senior Program Officer April Yee to its staff. For more than 15 years, Bhatt has focused her career on improving educational opportunity for California’s diverse students, playing key roles in policy research, advocacy, nonprofit strategy, and program evaluation. When she steps into this Read more >

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News & Commentary

State of California Higher Education in 2020: Opportunities to Scale Success and Serve All Students

As this new decade begins, California higher education stands at a crossroads of great opportunity. While most states have not fully reversed the spending cuts of the Great Recession, California is now spending more per student than in 2008. Investments in remedial education reform, improved counseling and services, and streamlined college pathways are moving more Read more >