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.
Research shows that the private and public economic benefit of free college tuition would outweigh the cost.
A fundamental question is how much difference their backgrounds will make in moving forward on racial and equity challenges facing their institutions.
Joseph I. Castro begins to identify his priorities as the new chancellor of the 23-campus California State University System in a Q & A. He’s the first native Californian, first Mexican American and first CSU president promoted to the position.
Funders can play a vital role in helping students complete a college degree in these challenging times.
Don Shalvey takes on challenge of boosting education and workplace outcomes for youth in Stockton area.
Cerritos College opens state’s first exclusive housing for homeless community college students.
Many California adults have impressive skillsets and knowledge bases that merit college-level credit.
Still many uncertainties about when and how students will return to school.
With creativity and flair, first ceremonies were held on Friday and Saturday, with many more in the weeks ahead.
College staff who work with students and understand their needs are key.
Colleges and testing companies should put student needs at center of decisions on how to handle assessments and admissions in a time of social distancing.
As they and their families struggle to survive the coronavirus lockdown, students need a break from financial aid requirements and penalties.
ACT and SAT are better measures of college readiness than state tests, proponents say.
Some companies are cancelling summer internships altogether amid the coronavirus pandemic.
UC admissions requirements should align closely with California's K-12 curriculum standards.