Compares the California experience of postsecondary attainment to date with that of other states that are demographically similar to California. It offers a set of recommendations that could help the state achieve both workforce readiness and greater equity of opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree for underrepresented students.
Uses the "Learning is Earning" map as a way to understand the innovation investments undertaken as a part of the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy (DWM) framework and to determine the California Community Colleges’ trajectory as they prepare to better serve the students of the future.
Offers key considerations and analytic tools to aid policy designers in their efforts to balance equity and efficiency when creating their funding models. The report relies on a simple regression model—based on a study using data from the California Community Colleges system—that demonstrates the impact of weighting these different priorities within funding models on the appropriations that institutions receive.
Introduces the The California State University Graduation Initiative 2025. Launched in January 2015, this initiative aims to better prepare and assist students through an established a plan to remove obstacles to receiving a baccalaureate degree.
Outlines California’s Master Plan for Higher Education, which is focused on making college fully accessible through the California Community Colleges and providing advanced degrees through two public systems, the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC).