COVID-19 Underscores Importance of Coordination in Higher Education

Postsecondary to Prosperity Webinar Emphasizes Coordination and Equity

Dr. Lande Ajose, senior policy advisor for higher education to Governor Gavin Newsom, and Peter Taylor, president of the ECMC Foundation and California State University trustee, discussed how California can respond to these uncertain times and effectively build pathways that improve higher education equity. They explored various ideas during a webinar hosted by California Competes.

Highlights from the conversation include:

  • Ways to address existing systemic inequities by tailoring programs and services to students’ needs;
  • Steps that Governor Newsom and his administration have taken along these lines, including the development of the groundbreaking Cradle-to-Career Data System, which promotes data analysis that spans siloed state systems, and the creation of the Council for Post-Secondary Education and related task forces; and
  • The challenges of relationships among segments in service of developing and implementing a unified statewide vision.

The state needs a unified system that puts students first—and having a coordinating entity with a bird’s-eye view would ensure student success from start to finish while connecting fragmented segments to strengthen California’s economy and equity statewide.

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