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Public Policy Institute of California, 2021
The past year highlighted and heightened California's key challenges. Millions of Californians lost jobs and income during the COVID-19 crisis; low-income families, communities of color, and women were hit hardest. As schools and universities shifted rapidly to remote learning, educators and parents scrambled to provide all students with…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Online Courses
Johnson, Hans; Bohn, Sarah; Cook, Kevin; Mejia, Marisol Cuellar; Jackson, Jacob; Lee, Courtney; McConville, Shannon; Murphy, Patrick; Rodriguez, Olga – Public Policy Institute of California, 2019
Higher education is a key driver of economic growth and individual opportunity in California. But the state has not been keeping up with a strong and growing demand for skilled workers. Recent investments and initiatives have helped increase enrollment, graduation rates, and the number of degrees awarded. Substantial gains in these…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Trends, Access to Education, Graduation Rate
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Mallinson, Daniel J. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
The California Budget Challenge produced by Next10 provides a useful and intuitive tool for instructors to introduce students to public budgeting. Students will reason through a series of budgeting decisions using information provided on the fiscal and practical implications of their choices. The Challenge is updated with each budget cycle, so it…
Descriptors: Budgets, Simulation, Budgeting, Economic Impact
Education Commission of the States, 2018
Business leaders in California cannot find the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent they need to stay competitive. Students' lagging performance in K-12 is a critical reason why. The good news is that the nation's most effective STEM education programs can help turn the tide. California students have made some progress in…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Demand Occupations, Mathematics Achievement
Lafortune, Julien; Mehlotra, Radhika; Paluch, Jennifer – Public Policy Institute of California, 2020
State and district policymakers have difficult decisions ahead in their efforts to balance budgets, maintain school services, and prioritize safety amid the COVID-19 recession. While California's finances are stronger today than after the Great Recession a decade ago, funding for the school system is still volatile, and K-12 schools could face…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Financial Support, Elementary Secondary Education, Budgeting
Jackson, Jacob; Johnson, Hans – Public Policy Institute of California, 2020
The value of a college degree is the highest it has been in decades. The typical full-time worker with a bachelor's degree earned $81,000 in 2017, while the typical worker with only a high school diploma earned $36,000. Educational attain­ment is associated with lower unemployment and less strain on the social safety net, as well as higher tax…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Education Work Relationship, Supply and Demand, Student Costs
Hahnel, Carrie; Hough, Heather J.; Willis, Jason – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2020
Funding for California schools had improved rapidly in recent years but is still insufficient to meet educational goals and address the needs of students. Now, schools and districts face three major challenges: precipitous declines in student academic achievement and social-emotional wellbeing; increased costs associated with distance learning and…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Financial Support, Budgets, State Aid
Johnson, Hans; Mejia, Marisol Cuellar – Public Policy Institute of California, 2020
Higher education could be one of California's most effective tools for combating economic and social inequities. College graduates experience large wage gains and their jobs offer more benefits than those of workers without bachelor's degrees. College graduates are also relatively insulated from recessions--including the current downturn--and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Economic Opportunities, Undergraduate Students, Bachelors Degrees
Cook, Kevin; Mehlotra, Radhika – Public Policy Institute of California, 2020
California State University (CSU) is an engine of economic mobility for Californians, particularly those from historically underrepresented communities. The system's 23 campuses are also vital in helping the state meet labor market demands for highly educated workers. But despite annual funding increases, CSU has struggled to enroll all eligible…
Descriptors: State Colleges, Enrollment Management, Educational Finance, Financial Support
Edgerton, Adam K.; Desimone, Laura M. – Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning, 2018
The Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) examines how college- and career-readiness (CCR) standards are implemented, whether they improve student learning, and what instructional tools measure and support their implementation. Established in July 2015 and funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S.…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Academic Standards, Educational Change
Gao, Niu; Lafortune, Julien – Public Policy Institute of California, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for safe school facilities that protect the health of children and staff. With the first day of school just weeks away, most K-12 schools are likely to rely on distance learning for the start of the academic year. When schools do reopen, adhering to current guidelines on physical distancing, cleaning,…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, Physical Environment, Facility Guidelines, School Closing
Public Policy Institute of California, 2016
Higher education enhances Californians' lives and contributes to the state's economic growth. But population and education trends suggest that California is facing a large shortfall of college graduates. Addressing this short­fall will require strong gains for groups that have been historically under­represented in higher education. Substantial…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Trends, College Graduates, Disproportionate Representation
Johnson, Hans; Mejia, Marisol Cuellar – Public Policy Institute of California, 2019
California's higher education system has three public segments: the University of California (UC), the California State University (CSU), and the California Community Colleges. It also includes more than 150 private nonprofit colleges and about 160 for-profit institutions. In total, the state's colleges and universities enroll almost three million…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Colleges, Community Colleges, Private Colleges
Rauner, Mary; Smith, Amelia – WestEd, 2020
This research brief highlights key similarities and variations in California's College Promise Programs. It describes the current program structures and provides reflections on how program characteristics relate to equitable student access and outcomes. This is the second in the CCPP brief series that sheds light on various aspects of the College…
Descriptors: College Programs, Student Financial Aid, Eligibility, Community Colleges
Johnson, Hans; Bohn, Sarah; Mejia, Marisol Cuellar – Public Policy Institute of California, 2019
A skilled workforce is key to a thriving California economy. Strong and growing demand for highly educated workers has been a hallmark of the state's economy for decades, and forecasts show this demand continuing into the future. If current trends continue, about 40 percent of jobs in California will require at least a bachelor's degree by 2030.…
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Supply and Demand, College Graduates
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