The College Futures Foundation is a funding-partner supporting CVHEC’s capacity building and its efforts to scale its degree attainment strategies.

The College Futures Foundation is a funding-partner supporting CVHEC’s capacity building and its efforts to scale its degree attainment strategies.

College Futures Foundation focuses on targeted, strategic ways to improve how California and its educational systems and institutions provide the information, channels, and resources students need to complete a bachelor’s degree.

It concentrates its efforts in three geographic locations—Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, and the San Joaquin Valley. These regions have among the lowest educational attainment rates in the state, and six in 10 low-income California students live in these three regions. Working regionally allows College Futures Foundation to support interventions tailored to different economic and cultural conditions, populations, and priorities, an important consideration in California where one size seldom fits all.

In September 2017, Lumina Foundation designated Fresno one of 17 national Talent Hubs. CVHEC and Fresno Compact are collaborators under the grant to receive the designation. The Talent Hub recognizes the work in progress to increase certificates and degree attainment.  Each community designated as a Talent Hub will receive $350,000 in grant funding over 42 months. Grant funding will support local efforts to educate more people, allowing community and postsecondary leaders to better meet the specific needs of residents. Lumina will provide these funds in partnership with the Kresge Foundation.

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Lumina envisions a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. The Foundation’s goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy. For more information, visit www.luminafoundation.org.

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.5 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grant making and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit. In 2016, the Board of Trustees approved 474 grants totaling $141.5 million, and made 14 social investment commitments totaling $50.8 million. For more information, visit www.kresge.org.

“California needs 1.1 million more workers with bachelor’s degrees by 2030 to keep up with economic demand. … In addressing this projected shortfall, three regions will play an especially critical role: Los Angeles County, the Inland Empire, and the San Joaquin Valley. Indeed, improving college outcomes in these regions could help close more than half of the statewide skills gap.”

Meeting California’s Need for College Graduates, A regional Perspective, by Hans Johnson, Kevin Cook, and Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Public Policy Institute of California, June 2017

Technical and Resource Partners

In its commitment to co-requisite remediation, CVHEC member colleges have already received and will continue to receive professional development and training from the California Acceleration Project to reduce English and Math remediation rates.  It is the goal of CVHEC to institutionalize co-requisite remediation in all member community colleges by 2020.

The California Acceleration Project (CAP) is a faculty-led professional development network that supports the state’s 113 community colleges to transform remediation to increase student completion and equity. CAP is focused on one primary outcome: increasing the number of students who go on to complete transferable gateway courses in English and math, a critical early momentum point toward longer term degree and transfer outcomes.

Since 2013, one CVHEC member college, Porterville Community College, has received faculty training from CAP and serves as a leader early implementer. Porterville College faculty presented their outcomes at the CVHEC Policy and Legislative Summit. However, since 2015-2016, 11 Central Valley community colleges have received CAP co-requisite training in English and Math models with the majority receiving English co-requisite training.

As a Complete College America Alliance Team member, CVHEC has access to technical assistance on its strategy efforts including 15 to Finish and Co-requisite Remediation.

Established in 2009, Complete College America is a national nonprofit with a single mission: to work with states to significantly increase the number of Americans with quality career certificates or college degrees and to close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.