“It was just a little bit difficult for me to wrap my head around the idea that yes, I can; yes, I deserve to go to college,” said Anouska Ortiz, 17. “But once I told myself, yes, going to college is attainable, you can go there, you deserve it, I’ve just been dead-set on going.”
Oakley, who has served as chancellor for the state system for six years, will step down Aug. 1 to assume a new position at the College Futures Foundation, whose mission is to help students finish college and to close equity gaps.
Roughly 360,000 UC and Cal State students may soon receive about $1,000 to $3,000 to fund their educations this fall as part of California’s effort to make college debt-free. Another form of aid to help more community college students has a less clear path.
Cal State joined the University of California in ending its use of an admissions test for freshmen. Now the system is creating a new set of eligibility criteria, the first change since 1965. The plan is to focus on student high school grades and life experiences.
Long Beach City College is ramping up efforts to boost enrollment after fewer students return in the pandemic.
Cal State Long Beach said they have seen enrollment rates for CalFresh go up since last year.
Oakley, who has accepted a temporary position advising the Biden Administration, left Long Beach City College in 2016 when he was appointed chancellor of California Community Colleges in Sacramento.
MacKenzie Scott, formerly married to Jeff Bezos, donated $30 million to Long Beach City College to fund its programs and initiatives that address inequities in low-income communities of color
Both LBCC and CSULB suspended all in-person class sessions and campus activities in March 2020 in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
A report released on March 5 detailed failures by LSU to report cases of sexual misconduct and abuse and said Alexander knew about allegations.