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California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley

College financing. Transferring to four-year colleges. Remedial courses. Impact of immigration policies on students.

Those were some of the issues discussed recently when California’s incoming chancellor of the California Community Colleges Eloy Ortiz Oakley was interviewed by EdSource correspondent Larry Gordon at a Los Angeles forum sponsored by The Campaign for College Opportunity. The Dec. 7 discussion can be watched through this link and is embedded below. After welcoming remarks and introductions, the interview starts at around 11 minutes into the video.

Oakley, who has headed the Long Beach Community College District since 2007, is becoming statewide chancellor this month and will oversee the 113 colleges that enroll 2.1 million part-time and full-time students. Oakley, who is Mexican-American, will be the first Latino to become statewide community college chancellor.

Oakley has gained statewide and some national prominence as a strong proponent of removing institutional roadblocks that make it difficult for students to progress from high school to community colleges to four-year institutions. He also serves as a University of California regent.

After finishing military service, Oakley attended Golden West College, a community college in Orange County, and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UC Irvine.


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