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California Competes cited in Mercury News Op-Ed on CA Master Plan for Higher Education

“By 2025, California Competes estimates that our higher education system will need to produce an additional 2.4 million bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, and industry-relevant credentials above current projections for the state to remain a leader within the United States and be competitive on the global stage.” California Competes was pleased to support the California State […]

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We promise kids they can get a public college education if they work hard. Are we lying?

This Op-Ed originally appeared in the Sacramento Bee on November 16, 2017.  By Ted Lempert and Lenny Mendonca California’s higher education system is about to be hit by a tidal wave of new students, and we have failed to prepare for the influx into our public colleges and universities. In April, state Superintendent of Public […]

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California colleges are turning away students. It’s time to rethink funding for UC and CSU

This Op-Ed originally appeared in the Sacramento Bee, September 26, 2017 By Russell S. Gould and Elizabeth Hill Thanks to our parents’ and grandparents’ generations, when we were growing up in California we knew that if we did the work in high school there was a place for us in the University of California or the […]

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College access: Tuition only part of story

“If our goal is to ensure that all California students now and in the future have access to an affordable, quality college education, then our public policy makers and higher education leaders must build a shared vision of this issue and find practical ways to solve it. We know that this is a long-term problem that will require a multiyear solution, but we also must realize that we have no time to waste.”

— An Op-Ed by Julia I. Lopez and Mike Roos

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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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Mind the Gap: Delivering on California’s Promise for Higher Education

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In 2012 California Competes called for the state to articulate specific degree attainment goals to advance our regional economies and local communities.  In this new report, Mind the Gap: Delivering on California’s Promise for Higher Education, California Competes finds that the state now faces a degree attainment gap of 2.4 million by 2025. This figure, which […]

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Update: Innovation Awards distributed to Winning Institutions

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On Monday, April 27th, the Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education had its final meeting where the members unanimously approved the expenditure plans for the 14 winning colleges, which includes 1 UC, 7 CSUs and 6 community colleges.[1] (Photos below.) By way of keeping the process transparent, the Department of Finance provided…

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