New Report Finds Degree Gap in California Has Grown to 2.4 Million by 2025

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“California is in trouble” said Lande Ajose, Director of California Competes. “When the master plan was enacted, the state made a promise to ‘guarantee educational access for all.’ While students may have access, that access is not translating into equitable outcomes. That has implications not only for the state’s long term economic prospects but also for creating a coherent social fabric. You can’t have strong and vibrant democracy when you have disparate higher education outcomes whose results reinforce broader social inequalities.”

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