California Community Colleges board of governors extended the contract for Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley despite objections from faculty members.
Legislators hope increasing financial aid for summer school will help students graduate faster.
Three hundred students will be selected for the CSU Residency Year Service Scholarship Program next school year.
A new CSU program offers freshmen and transfers a spot at nine campuses with room if they were rejected where they first applied.
One recent study found that among foster youth who enrolled in post-secondary education just 49.6 percent completed their first two semesters.
The budget provides an increase to 41,000 Cal Grants for older students to pay tuition. Advocates say more help is needed and hope for bigger reforms next year.
The proposed $15 hike, the first in 30 years, would support technology. Low-income students would get four free applications but concerns remain.
Much debate is ahead about legislation to expand Cal Grants beyond tuition costs. Gov. Newsom says state must balance different needs.
More colleges open shops to provide students with free professional attire for work interviews, internships and new jobs.
A fourth course of high school math could be calculus, computer science, statistics, business math to fill possible extra CSU entrance requirement.
Longitudinal system that connects K-12 and higher ed could help more students complete college.
Lawmakers say they want to level the admissions playing field. Sweeping proposals would add oversight to athletics admissions, ban legacy admissions and regulate private counselors.
Most parents charged in the bribery scandal are from California, as are those who carried out the schemes and received the bribes.
With only a third of black adults earning a degree, the report urges colleges to get more students to come back and finish.
Eleven campuses still graduated less than 20 percent of students who entered as freshmen four years ago.