Reimagining Higher Education to Serve All Californians
Californians with postsecondary degrees have consistently fared better than those without college credentials, and that was especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, because of their sustained employment, college-educated Californians have helped buoy the state’s economy.
An inclusive economic recovery and future resiliency depend on strengthening the education-to-employment pipeline in several important ways. We urge state and institutional leaders to focus on these interconnected goals:
- Align higher education and workforce by engaging employers, leveraging regional approaches, and focusing on producing career-ready students;
- Enable postsecondary access and success for adults through flexible pathways, versatile teaching and learning methods, and increased affordability;
- Expand quality online education opportunities with effective pedagogy, improved cost structures, and broadband access for all;
- Fuel improved coordination and cohesiveness across all stakeholders in the higher education ecosystem, including through the Cradle-to-Career Data System to promote evidence-based policymaking.
Read more about these priorities: Reimagining Higher Education to Serve All Californians.