California Competes

Since 2010, California Competes’ research, policy briefs, and analyses have identified and honed in on the challenges of California’s higher education system and the actions policymakers must take to address them. California Competes develops nonpartisan and financially pragmatic recommendations for improved policies and practices in California higher education. Opportunity, creativity, enterprise, efficiency, and equity are the lenses through which they serve to guide the state in improving postsecondary education to drive economic growth and build vibrant communities.

  • California Competes’ “Mind the Gap: Delivering on California’s Promise for Higher Education” presents revised data on what California's degree gap will look like in 2025.

Deborah Chen
Lumina Foundation

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. They envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. It is the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education.

  • Learn more about Luminas goal Lumina's goal to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60% by 2025.

Deborah Chen
Summit Presentations

The inaugural Summit on Educational Attainment for Working Age Adults was held in Sacramento on May 23, 2018 to consider the current situation and start a regional conversation about the future. Click on the speaker’s name to view their presentation.

Increasing Adult Attainment: An Economic Imperative
Jade Arn, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Completing a Degree: Accelerated College Education and Bachelor’s Through Online and Local Degrees
Buffy Tanner, Shasta College

KC Degrees: Reconnecting Adults to College
Cedric Deadmon, Mid-America Regional Council

Tennessee Reconnect
Jessica Gibson, Tennessee Higher Education Commission

The Graduate! Network
Hadass Sheffer, Graduate! Network

Deborah Chen
Champions of Change Video

Dr. Jenni Murphy was featured in a video contest for "Champions of Change" at Sacramento State. Watch the video to hear her describe the educational attainment movement, joined by fellow alumni and students from degree, certificate and non-credit programs.




Deborah Chen