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California needs a plan for federal aid for adult students without high school diplomas

December 23, 2019
Thousands more California residents might qualify for financial aid to attend college and earn credentials — and higher wages — if the state added its own option for students without high school diplomas to qualify for “ability to benefit,” or ATB, funds. There are three ways for stu... Read More

Bakersfield symposium highlights concerns — and solutions — related to college access and equity

December 4, 2019
More than 300 practitioners from community colleges across California gathered in Bakersfield on Nov. 15 to learn about and explore intentional, supported pathways as a strategy for equity.  The intensive, daylong Bakersfield Intersegmental Pathways Symposium began with remarks from Kern Community ... Read More

Dual enrollment, Guided Pathways converge for equity

November 13, 2019
A new report from CLP explores a sea change under way at Bakersfield College and across Kern County in access to higher education. Offering all high school students in BC’s service area the opportunity to take college courses seems to be providing particular benefits for students of color, who... Read More

CLP presentations at SSSC offer new ways to explore and approach redesign

October 30, 2019
Many community college practitioners across California look forward all year to recharging during the Strengthening Student Success Conference. Each year, we return home energized and full of new information and inspiration for system change and the pursuit of equity.  Scroll down for links to pres... Read More

CLP develops design thinking for the community college context

October 30, 2019
Education leaders are increasingly turning to design thinking as a method for re-envisioning their work and reform practices and for tackling the knottiest challenges on their campuses. Career Ladders Project is building a bridge from the broader conversations to the community college context.  Fir... Read More

New law expands access to dual enrollment

October 28, 2019
Recent changes in California law increase the power of dual enrollment to broaden access to college and serve as a tool for equity.  Studies have shown positive outcomes for students who participated in high-quality dual enrollment while in high school, compared with their peers who didn’t. They ... Read More

Evidence supports dual enrollment as a strategy for equity

October 27, 2019
Career Ladders Project promotes dual enrollment as a strategy for equity — measured by course and degree completion, achievement in high school and college, and other indicators — for subgroups including students of color, low-income students, students from low-income families, male students, an... Read More
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School testing bill would have been ‘a giant step backward’

October 14, 2019
update – Oct. 14, 2019 We were glad to see Gov. Gavin Newsom veto AB 751 over the weekend, saying that allowing use of the SAT and ACT in place of new state standardized tests would not increase college access but actually do the opposite. He noted in his veto message that “performance o... Read More

‘It takes a community college’: See you at SSSC!

October 8, 2019
At the Strengthening Student Success Conference this week in Burlingame, CLP and others will highlight transformative work under way at colleges across California on closing achievement gaps and advancing student success. On the event theme, “It takes a community college,” CLP will offer... Read More

Colleges share counseling and student services practices at GP workshop

October 3, 2019
More than 250 community college practitioners from across California gathered Sept. 27 in Fresno for this academic year’s first Guided Pathways workshop about promising approaches to reimagining counseling and student supports. (For links to all of the presentations and materials from the work... Read More