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How to Make Room for 100,000 More College Students in California Without Major Construction – EdSource

By Larry Gordon To make room for 100,000 students who otherwise could get squeezed out of higher education, California’s public colleges and universities need to graduate students faster, operate more on weekends and summers and share facilities and degree programs, according to a new report by the College Futures Foundation. However, the possibility of building new Read more >

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New College Futures Report: Higher Education Capacity Crisis Threatens California Economy, Widens Equity Gaps

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 >

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Linda Oubré Joins College Futures Board of Directors

College Futures Foundation welcomes Whittier College President Dr. Linda Oubré to its board of directors. Oubré, a native of Los Angeles with extensive experience in higher education and business, was appointed by the College Futures board on October 1. Oubré will help oversee the Foundation’s strategic development and guide investments to catalyze systemic change, increase Read more >

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How Can Public Schools Address the Challenges Faced by California’s Various Ethnic Communities? – Sacramento Bee

Each week through November 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, “How can public schools address the challenges faced by California’s various ethnic Read more >

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New Survey: Students Report High Housing and Food Expenses as Barriers to College Success

Paying for the full cost of attending college – including tuition, housing, food, and transportation — is the biggest barrier to success for most California students, particularly those from low-income families and communities of color. Initial insights from the Student Expenses and Resources Survey (SEARS) draw from first-hand accounts of students from all of California’s higher education segments. The redesigned survey was conducted for Read more >

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What One Thing Could Make College More Affordable? It’s Not Just Lowering Tuition – Sacramento Bee

Each week through November 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’s the one thing you would do first in an effort to Read more >

Publications & Research

Finding New Formulas: Math Education Impacts Equity and College Success

Math literacy skills are important to success in school, work, and life. Yet rather than serving as a foundation for that success, math education too often filters and blocks student progress. Of all school subjects, math sets up the most barriers to college. First, math education is structured like a ladder, requiring each step to Read more >

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Working Together to Spur System Changes for Student Success: A Powerful Philanthropic Partnership

A college degree is a game changer, setting graduates up for a lifetime of benefits that will extend to future generations and throughout their communities. Especially for low-income families and communities of color—the majority of California’s population—success in college significantly improves socioeconomic status, creates opportunities for better health, and encourages civic engagement. Simply put, higher Read more >

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From Practice to Policy: How Institutions Leverage Data to Improve Outcomes (2019)

As policymakers explore options for building California’s first early education to workforce longitudinal data system, local initiatives to improve outcomes through data collection and analysis offer important takeaways. In 2013, the University of California Riverside formed the Graduation Rate Task Force to improve the four-year graduation rate. At that time, only 42% of UC Riverside Read more >