Our Impact

Igniting change at the intersection of
higher education, equity, and the economy

Since 2011, California Competes has been conducting policy research, identifying solutions, and guiding decision makers to address the most pressing issues in California’s higher education and workforce systems.

2023 Impact HIGHLIGHTS
Over 1 billion data points integrated into the California Cradle-to-Career Data System

to improve equity in education

Protected $2 billion in state funding to expand student housing

amid a tight fiscal climate

Over $17 billion in state investments to be coordinated

via the Governor's executive order on career education

$500,000 in state funding to build an evidence-based strategy for online education

in the California Community Colleges

Became an independent nonprofit and grew staff by 30%, expanding our capacity to drive change
Set up collective impact infrastructure 

for advancing student parent success

Through our research, we enable strategic decision-making to:

…ensure more students from underrepresented communities earn college credentials

…strengthen the connection between higher education and good jobs

...fuel California’s economic strength, resilience, and growth.

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