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March 2014
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CCCAOE Annual Conference – IHELP Director Nancy Shulock spoke on “New Strategies for Funding High Cost CTE Programs” at the California Community College Association for Occupational Education’s Annual Conference on March 12 in Sacramento. The theme of the conference was Educational Balance: Redesign, Reinvent & Reset – Part 2.

Public Policy Institute of California Event Briefing – IHELP Research Specialist Colleen Moore was the featured speaker at PPIC’s Event Briefing on March 21 in Sacramento. Colleen presented findings from her coauthored report, “From Community College to University: Expectations for California's New Transfer Degrees.” Click here to view the slides of her presentation.

For-Profit Policy Paper Presentation IHELP Faculty Associate Su Jin Jez presented a paper titled “Focusing the Aim of For-Profit Policy: Classification Systems for For-Profits and Postsecondary Institutions” at The Association for Education Finance and Policy’s 39th Annual Conference March 13-15 in San Antonio, TX. Click here to view the slides of her presentation.

California Budget Project Conference – Nancy Shulock was an invited panelist at the California Budget Project’s Annual Conference on March 6 in Sacramento. The theme of the conference was Raising the Bar: How Smart Policy Choices Can Create Shared Prosperity in California. The topic of the panel was funding strategies to support career and technical education.

California State University Academic Council – Nancy Shulock was a guest speaker at the CSU Academic Council meeting March 12-13 in San Francisco. Nancy presented information on transfer degree implementation and meeting public needs through California higher education. Click here to view the slides of her presentation.

Features This Month

New Report – A New Vision for California Higher Education: A Model Public Agenda

This new IHELP report draws on various reports and other sources of information to construct a model public agenda to address the mounting challenges facing California higher education. It is intended to inspire broad discussion potentially leading to an official public agenda for California higher education. The report describes some of the structural barriers that are preventing more dramatic progress in meeting California's needs, despite the best efforts of the public segments to increase student success. The model public agenda envisions region-based planning and heightened collaboration at the regional level, guided by effective state-level policy leadership. It envisions more effective and cost-effective programming through greater specialization at individual colleges and universities, with student access to broader offerings ensured through the effective and selective use of technology. The model also calls for strong, informed state policy leadership and high-level staff support to fulfill critical fiscal, advisory, and accountability roles.

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New Report – From Community College to University: Expectations for California’s New Transfer Degrees

A new report written by IHELP for the Public Policy Institute of California analyzes the progress of the California Community Colleges’ “associate degrees for transfer,” new degrees created as a result of state-enacted legislation in 2010. The degrees are designed to facilitate community college students’ admission to the California State University system and ease completion of a bachelor’s degree. The report finds the reform is leading to the development of clearer transfer pathways for students, although challenges remain including limited awareness of the new pathways among community college students. The report offers recommendations for improving the implementation effort.

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New Brief  
– Next Gen Tools: CFA Learning Environment

This publication series, written by IHELP Research Assistant Jodi Lewis and funded and published by EDUCAUSE, looks at the strategies and tools used by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant recipients to support their new "breakthrough model" schools. NGLC is an initiative to improve postsecondary readiness and completion by identifying and scaling technology-enabled approaches to secondary and postsecondary education, especially for low-income students. This second brief highlights College for America’s comprehensive platform that tracks learning and degree progress and provides data management and analytics.

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In Case You Missed It - Average Won’t Do: Performance Trends in California Higher Education as a Foundation for Action

This IHELP report is the fifth in a series analyzing California’s postsecondary performance in the areas of preparation, affordability, participation, completion, benefits and finance.  The report, sponsored by the Campaign for College Opportunity, provides a summary of trends in each performance area over the past decade and offers a breakdown of performance by region and race/ethnicity. It is the first phase of a three-part project to address postsecondary performance in California, with the second installment, a model public agenda for stakeholder discussion, featured above. The final installment will include case studies of state-level leadership in public postsecondary education.

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