March 19, 2021

“This Week in California,” EdSource’s award-winning podcast, takes a look at innovative ideas emerging from the governor’s office for ensuring that more students make it to college after the pandemic.  We also look at the multiple challenges facing school superintendents during the pandemic, against the backdrop of the resignations of Superintendents Vince Matthews in San Francisco and Richard Carranza in New York, along with the wrenching news that Mills College in Oakland, established in 1852, will be closing its doors for undergraduate and graduate instruction in the next two or three years.

Hosted this week by Louis Freedberg, our guests are:

  • Lande Ajose, senior policy advisor for higher education to Gov. Newsom
  • Becca Bracy, executive director, The Broad Center
  • Larry Gordon, senior postsecondary reporter, EdSource

For background read these EdSource stories:

California needs “common app” for admission to its public colleges, higher ed panel urges

San Francisco superintendent resignation points to ongoing turnover in school leadership

Mills College announces plan to close, triggering debate about other schools’ futures

And check out new strategies recommended in this recent report from the Governor’s Council for Postsecondary Education:  Recovering with Equity: A Roadmap for Higher Education after the Pandemic.