Moving Higher Ed Forward in 2019

Higher Education Poised to be Front and Center in 2019

Californians now recognize higher education as a key issue, and for the right reasons.

2018 was a landmark year to elevate the need for meaningful change in California’s higher education system. The collective work of advocates, students, researchers, business groups, institutional innovators, philanthropy, and other policy influencers led to new research that illuminated challenges and pinpointed solutions, new policies to improve student outcomes, and a renewed focus on higher education by candidates for office. As we launch into a new era of policymaking with incoming Governor Newsom, Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Thurmond, and a new legislature, we are optimistic that 2018’s shift in public dialogue will lead to action in 2019.

Read California Competes' key takeaways from 2018 in the latest blog post from Deputy Director Ria Sengupta Bhatt.

Big news: California Competes is growing!

We are looking for smart and entrepreneurial people to join our team in 2019. Are you interested in contributing your advocacy, communications, or research expertise to improving higher education policy in California? If so, contact Deputy Director Ria Sengupta Bhatt and please spread the word to your networks!

We are recruiting for two immediate openings on our team and expect more opportunities to become available in the new year.

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Higher Education Poised to be Front and Center in 2019

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