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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 >

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What Education Policy Should Be a Priority in 2020? – The Sacramento Bee

Each week through December 2019, a selection of the Sacramento Bee’s 101 California Influencers answers a question that is critical to California’s future. Topics include education, healthcare, environment, housing and economic growth. College Futures President and CEO Monica Lozano responds to the question, “What should the most important priority in the area of education policy Read more >

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If the University of California Drops the SAT, What Would Take Its Place? – CalMatters

By Felicia Mello The debate over whether to stop using the SAT in admissions at the sprawling and nationally influential University of California is approaching a turning point. Anti-testing groups filed two lawsuits Tuesday demanding that the university drop the requirement for students to submit scores on the exam. This year’s Varsity Blues scandal illustrated just how far wealthy Read more >

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UCLA’s Plan to Limit Undergraduate Enrollment Poses Harm for Minority Groups – Daily Bruin

By Joy Hong Thousands of high school seniors clicked submit on their University of California applications last week, hoping to convince UCLA they deserve an acceptance letter. And now they wait. What they don’t know is that the number of freshman UCLA applicants has grown 104.3% over the past decade, while the number of enrollees Read more >

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Student Experiences in Survey Findings Can’t Be Ignored in State Financial Aid Redesign – Bakersfield Californian

By Marlene Garcia and Monica Lozano A Central Valley student received a Cal Grant for school but said the real struggle is just affording to live day to day. An Inland Empire student who returned to college for a better life said they are unwilling to buy books over food for their family, so the Read more >

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California’s Higher Education Capacity Crunch – Inside Higher Ed

By Elin Johnson A new report by the College Futures Foundation examines capacity shortfalls at California’s colleges and paints a darkening picture. The report shows that while California has increased its investment in high school diploma attainment, there is not enough space in the state’s community colleges and four-year institutions to provide room for eligible local students. Read more >

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New College Futures Report: 144K Qualified Students Annually Will Be Turned Away from California Colleges & Universities

About 144,000 college-ready students will be turned away annually from California’s four-year higher education institutions by 2030—double the number being kept away now, according to a new report released today by the College Futures Foundation. The higher education capacity crisis poses a serious threat to the state’s economy and will widen already deep racial, income, Read more >

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Making Room for Success: Addressing Capacity Shortfalls at California’s Universities (2019)

By 2030, about 144,000 college-ready students are expected to be turned away annually from four-year colleges and universities – nearly double the number kept away during the 2018-2019 academic year. The capacity crisis poses a serious threat to the state’s economy and will exacerbate already deep racial, income, and geographic inequities. In this report from Read more >