California Competes Congratulates Leaders at the California Community Colleges

New Roles for Chancellor Eloy Oakley and Acting Chancellor Daisy Gonzales Will Advance Equity and Success

California Competes applauds the Biden administration’s decision to appoint California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley as higher education policy advisor to U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. The organization looks forward to continuing our strong working relationship with the college system under the leadership of Acting Chancellor Daisy Gonzales.

“Since 2017, Acting Chancellor Gonzales has worked to improve educational opportunities for students at the California Community Colleges. I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with her on critical initiatives including the California Higher Education Recovery with Equity Taskforce Adult Learners Working Group,” said California Competes Executive Director Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez. “With her commitment to equity and putting students first, Dr. Gonzales is exactly the kind of leader needed during Chancellor Oakley’s assignment with the Biden administration.”

With her commitment to equity and putting students first, Dr. Gonzales is exactly the kind of leader needed during Chancellor Oakley’s assignment with the Biden administration.

California Competes has worked closely with the California Community Colleges on a number of policy changes, including the system’s approach to credit for prior learning for those students who have gained educational experiences outside of the classroom. “As the nation’s largest community college system at the leading edge of innovation, it’s easy to see why the Biden administration has turned to California for help. Our nation’s higher education policymaking will be in good hands, as will the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office,” said Dr. Jez.

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