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Leaders Driving Change: Dr. Luke Wood, San Diego State University

Creating a Diverse, Inclusive Campus Culture for Students and Faculty   As vice president of student affairs and campus diversity at San Diego State University (SDSU) and distinguished professor of education, Dr. Luke Wood challenges the idea that a rising tide lifts all boats. “What we’ve often found is that as overall success of a Read more >

Press Releases & Announcements

Michael Castens Joins College Futures as Grants Associate

We are pleased to announce that Michael Castens has joined College Futures Foundation’s team. As grants associate, Castens works directly with the grants manager to maintain and optimize grantmaking process and procedures, data systems, legal compliance, and overall quality control. He also works closely with the Foundation’s program officers and the chief program & strategy Read more >

Press Releases & Announcements, Publications & Research

Imagining the Equitable Higher Education System for California’s Future

New report from IFTF highlights actions and partnerships for regions to drive educational and economic opportunity The Golden State boasts the fifth-largest economy in the world—one that is distinguished by innovation, a vibrantly diverse population of dreamers and doers, and a world-famous higher education system. Unfortunately, that higher education system is not serving all of Read more >

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Leaders Driving Change: Dr. Tenisha James, Norco College

Centering equity and student voice to improve success for all students Watch the video and keep reading below to learn more about Dr. Tenisha James At Norco College, students are getting tailored support through the onboarding process to reach their academic and career goals. At orientation, students are asked to fill out mini-surveys and answer Read more >

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Publications & Research

Access to Proper Nutrition Equals College Success: Making CalFresh Work For Students

Often overlooked, issues of chronic hunger and food insecurity have become a persistent challenge across colleges and universities nationally. In California, where one in three postsecondary students experiences food insecurity, the challenge is even more acute because of the high cost of living.   The CalFresh program offers nutritional assistance, but only a small fraction of Read more >

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Press Releases & Announcements

Expanding horizons of opportunity: College Futures’ student-centering priorities for 2022

Colleagues and Friends,  The last two years of the COVID crisis and necessary reckoning on racial injustice have heightened widespread understanding of the systemic barriers too many college students face. And while it is true that we have seen steep drops in community college enrollment and a decrease in FAFSA applications—just two indications of mounting Read more >

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Press Releases & Announcements

Message from the Board Chair

Announcing Monica Lozano’s Departure and the Search for the Next CEO of College Futures The past few years have brought about profound changes in California’s education and workforce landscapes. In my role on the board of College Futures Foundation—and now as the board chair—I am honored every day to champion equity of opportunity for California’s Read more >

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Press Releases & Announcements

Special Message from the CEO

It’s hard to believe that I will soon be entering my fifth year as president and CEO of College Futures Foundation, and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity. I have learned a tremendous amount about the transformative power of philanthropy and its galvanizing ability to impact society for the Read more >