Coordinated Policy Setting and Implementation

Connecting the dots for maximum impact

Given the complexity of California’s higher education landscape, the state must connect programs and services to weave resources together and effectively execute its policies and innovations.

Building the connective tissue and aligning shared goals between initiatives and various entities within the postsecondary ecosystem will enable California to efficiently respond to student needs and be prepared for future crises that will come.

Cradle-to-Career Data System

policy implementation cradle-to-career data system

Data is the foundation to good decisions. To strengthen our economy and communities, California needs a clearer understanding of students’ pathways from K-12 to postsecondary education to the workforce—an understanding that is based on data.

California Competes serves as a strong advocate and advisor to ensure the state’s integrated data system becomes a comprehensive and equity-driven vehicle for advancing change.

Research & Resources
Commentary, Webinar
10th Anniversary Interview Series: Under Secretary James Kvaal
Research
The Cradle-to-Career Data System Governance Options, Explained
Webinar
Cradle-to-Career Data System Webinar

Integrated Postsecondary Strategy

cohesive ecosystem strategy policy implementation

Strengthening California’s economy and communities through improved pathways to postsecondary completion and high-wage jobs can only happen if there is careful, well-informed coordination among the various entities involved.

California Competes’s research works to break down silos and promote communication, goal setting, and intentionality among all within the ecosystem to serve the whole student. With aligned efforts, the state and its residents can see improved student outcomes, community vibrancy, and equitable economic opportunities.

Research & Resources
Research
A Policy Agenda for California Student Parents
Research
California Postsecondary to Prosperity Dashboard
California Competes Launches Cross-Sector Career Readiness Pilot with Investment from ECMC Foundation
Reimagining higher education to serve all Californians
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