California has the world’s largest system of higher education, but too many students who enter it don’t achieve their education goals. California is implementing a series of major reforms to promote postsecondary success, including reforming remedial education, increasing access for qualified students, and addressing college affordability. It is also beginning to focus on workers in the workplace who don’t have college degrees. Gov. Newsom is targeting “near completers” – the 60,000 students who started at the University of California and the California State University, but never completed their studies since 2000. Former Gov. Jerry Brown initiated an online-only community college to serve “stranded workers” who find themselves in the workplace with out the skills they need to advance. EdSource will track these reforms — and identify what’s working, and what’s not.
High SAT and ACT scores still provide an edge even if colleges don't require them.
Focusing primarily on academic achievement and test scores not enough to prepare students for future challenges.
The state is promoting computer science in K-12 schools, but UC and CSU colleges lack bandwidth to meet the demand.
California community colleges provide some housing help for former foster youth
Opponents say the requirement would harm black and Latino students. Supporters say it would prepare students for college math courses.
New College Board tool to identify students who have overcome hardship gets some support among private colleges; public colleges are wary.
AB 711 would ensure that transgender and nonbinary individuals who are no longer in school can have their legal names on school documents.
With eight weeks to go before the start of classes, Calbright College faces questions on whether it will be ready.
Its new president says it plans to launch online and job training for 400 students.
The ACT and SAT provide many valuable benefits to both students and schools, proponents say.
One recent study found that among foster youth who enrolled in post-secondary education just 49.6 percent completed their first two semesters.
With Gavin Newsom embracing what Jerry Brown opposed, the Legislature sets the timetable and steps for creating a longitudinal education data system to help shape better education programs and policies.
Public Policy Institute asked about some of the most hotly debated issues in its annual Californians and Education statewide survey.
Most parents charged in the bribery scandal are from California, as are those who carried out the schemes and received the bribes.