An Analysis of Governor Newsom’s Proposed Investments in Higher Education and Workforce

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May Revise Includes Transformative Investments For California’s Public Higher Education System And Its Alignment With Workforce

Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revise proposal includes transformative investments for higher education and workforce due to the unprecedented surplus of $76 billion. Among his extraordinary investments is setting a college degree attainment goal of 70 percent of California adults (ages 25-64) that also includes associate’s degrees and long-term certificates, aligning with the research and policy goal California Competes has been advancing. Additionally, the investments directly align with the five key goals California Competes identified to accelerate our economic recovery:

  • Enhancing higher education and workforce alignment
  • Enabling postsecondary access and success for adults
  • Expanding quality online education, including broadband access for all
  • Launching a comprehensive Cradle-to-Career Data system
  • Creating an independent and transparent higher education coordinating entity

“California Competes is pleased that the governor proposes leveraging the enormous scale of resources to transform our higher education systems, and we’re energized by the attention he has paid to correcting opportunity imbalances. These proposals have the potential to accelerate our economic recovery and correct pervasive inequities.”

Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez

“California Competes is pleased that the governor proposes leveraging the enormous scale of resources to transform our higher education systems, and we’re energized by the attention he has paid to correcting opportunity imbalances,” said California Competes Executive Director Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez. “These proposals have the potential to accelerate our economic recovery and correct pervasive inequities.”

Read California Competes’s full budget analysis here.

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