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 […]


Educating Julio: Identifying & Addressing Community Colleges' 'Unmet Need'

Educating Julio

Our report, Educating Julio, examines strategies for growing our community college enrollment and describes some of the dynamics of community college enrollment that underlie the debate about how “unmet need” should be defined, identified, and addressed.

Issues: More College Degrees

Charting a Course for California's Colleges: State Leadership in Higher Education

Charting a Course

Despite its vast higher education system, California stands out as one of only two states without comprehensive oversight or coordination of higher education. Our new report, “Charting a Course for California’s Colleges: State Leadership in Higher Education,” examines how California and states across the nation guide and coordinate their postsecondary systems, offering lessons for California.

Issues: Higher Education Investment Board

The Road Ahead:
Higher education, California's promise, and our future economy


California Competes is pleased to share with you our new report, The Road Ahead: Higher education, California’s promise, and our future economy

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Executive Summary (pdf)

Issues: More College Degrees

The Need for Coordinated Leadership


Informed Planning

This brief argues for a Higher Education Investment Board – an independent Board incorporating the responsibilities of the California Student Aid Commission and developing information to assist policymakers and consumers in making wise choices.

Issues: Higher Education Investment Board

Clear Accountability: Student Success as a System Priority


Clear Accountability

This brief shows that establishing California Community Colleges as an independent and autonomous entity can help California toward its goal of graduating more students on time with the skills they need for good jobs.

Issues: Local Community College Governance

Credential Crunch:
How to Regain California's Economic Standing


This brief lays out how California can get to its goal of 5.5 million additional graduates by 2025 while ensuring that degrees and certificates conferred are meaningful. Download Credential Crunch

Issues: More College Degrees

Regional Jobs & Education Data


These presentations provide region-by-region information on adult educational attainment, earnings and growth by occupation and educational background, and the characteristics of the education pipeline.     All files are in powerpoint (.ppt) format. Bay Area Central Coast Central Sierra Inland Empire Los Angeles Northern California Orange County Sacramento Tahoe San Diego Imperial County San Joaquin […]

Issues: More College Degrees