The Community College League of California (League) would like to congratulate all of the 2022 Phi Theta Kappa Award Winners. This year, 114 students were chosen from across the California Community Colleges for the All-California Academic First, Second and Third Teams.
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The League Blog is written by the Community College League of California featuring California's 73 community college districts. The blog provides a platform for the League and its stakeholders to address timely and relevant issues that impact higher education and California's Community Colleges. We invite you to read our latest post.
In March, League staff attended and sponsored the 15th Annual A2MEND Summit. Since its inception, the A2MEND Annual Summit has been focused on making a difference in the lives of African American male students by supporting community college education. This year’s theme, A Radical Reimagination of Black Male Student Success, was a call to action for colleges, educators, and advocates to fundamentally change how we think of Black male student success. As California’s community colleges move beyond the pandemic, many recognize we need to do things differently. To create better outcomes, we must elevate our thinking to reimagine Black male student success.
League President & CEO Dr. Larry Galizio makes his argument for people, not bots in an op-ed published by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education. He explains why human connection and face-to-face relationships are essential to enrollment, retention, and student success at community colleges.
Envisioned by the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges’ Affordability, Food & Housing Access Taskforce, and in partnership with the Community College League of California, the #RealCollegeCalifornia Coalition offers the latest expert help using evidence-driven support and hands-on guidance to help members develop new approaches and equity-based solutions, building internal capacity and gaining tools to impact institutional transformation.
HR 1177, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, was introduced by Congresswoman Linda Sánchez to fix a dysfunctional immigration system, expedite family reunification, and facilitate border management. With California Community Colleges Undocumented Student Action Week scheduled for October 18-22, it is important for our colleges to support this bill.
In September 2020, the League embarked on a strategic planning process to establish the direction for the next three years and to update its Mission, Vision, and Values. In addition to laying out goals and strategies concerning community college funding, COVID-19, and DEI, the strategic plan proposes several process improvements for the organization intended to strengthen the League’s ability to represent our 73 member districts and ultimately benefit the colleges.
In our Balkanized political culture, community colleges are one of the few institutions and public spaces where individuals possessing divergent values, attitudes, and beliefs gather and discuss, debate, learn, and share a personal challenge (in this case, one that is primarily intellectual in nature). It is where people of varying ages, life experiences, ideologies, races and ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds convene and discuss ideas and concepts. Most notably, there are three features of community college student diversity that are especially significant in countering U.S. political polarization: (1) generational heterogeneity; (2) the presence of military-connected students; and (3) student socioeconomic and racial diversity. As community college presidents Gail Mellow and DeRionne Pollard observed, “In the classrooms of our colleges, discussions of inequality, racism and immigration don’t need the ‘trigger warnings’ so hotly debated in some universities; our students live them every day.”
No fewer than 14 CEOs—some of whom have been in California Community College (CCC) leadership roles for more than two decades—plan to retire in 2021, and we may experience more departures before year's end. While leadership change offers significant opportunities for districts and colleges to reenvision their strategic priorities and approach to their mission, this collective loss of institutional memory and experience will affect districts and arguably our entire sector for years to come.
Rural-serving colleges are critical to providing educational opportunities for their communities but face unique challenges when serving their students. Their service area is large, yet they rarely have the economies of scale that their urban counterparts have.
My son finishes ninth grade at Mayfair High School in Lakewood this June. He is also going to finish six units at Cerritos College through a program called dual enrollment. The six college units count towards both his high school and college diplomas. My son has already started developing the study skills needed to succeed in college. And the best part – my family may save up to $26,000 in college tuition if he continues down this path.