Our Strategy

Through leadership and partnership to catalyze systemic changes, we strive to create a clear educational pathway for low-income young people of color to attain bachelor’s degrees and achieve success in college and in life.

We use a wide variety of human and financial resources and tools beyond traditional grantmaking to achieve our goals. We work in partnership with leaders and organizations across the state to put our shared vision of a seamless path to student success into action.

The three strands of our strategy are interrelated:

  • We start with students—helping institutions working on being student-ready and implement student-centered practices at scale.
  • Systems are of vital importance. Leadership must coordinate across systems to align and institutionalize student pathways to degree.
  • Finally, we need a sustainable financial scaffolding around it all so that the doors are open and degrees are affordable to California’s diverse young people.

A Detailed Look at Our Strategy:

The three elements of our strategy work together to catalyze strategic, systemic, sustainable changes so that equity of opportunity and college success become realities for low-income students of color across California.

Student-centric Practices

Approach: Scale effective student-centered practices within and across institutions to ensure equitable student outcomes

Desired Outcome: K-12 and public higher education institutions embrace and scale student success policies and practices that ensure progress and smooth transitions between systems and segments

Examples of this work:

  • In our three focus regions, support integrated implementation of accelerated remediation, aligned math and transfer pathways
  • Strengthen and expand advising capacity across all levels to support student success


Approach: Build commitment, capacity, and alignment across segments for equitable student outcomes through effective leadership and collaboration

Desired Outcome: California’s key leaders across segments and sectors champion policies and practices for increased and equitable student success.

Examples of this work:

  • Support regional planning and statewide intersegmental coordination across K-12 and higher education systems for student success
  • Strengthen capacities of trustees and regents, system leaders, and faculty leaders to implement student-centered reforms at scale
  • Support an ecosystem of statewide policy and advocacy organizations to advance students’ interests in education policy-making and implementation

Finance & Affordability

Approach: Contribute to the development of a sustainable higher education finance system that supports equitable student access and success

Desired Outcome: California’s higher education finance system is redesigned to provide institutional predictability in service to student affordability and completion

Examples of this work:

  • Assess potential solutions and drive agreement on how to redesign a sustainable finance system
  • Explore an appropriate strategy to advance student affordability