UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland presides over the University of California’s newest, smallest and most diverse campus. More than half of her 8,000 students are low-income and underrepresented minorities; nearly three-fourths are the first in their families to attend college. This year, in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of public universities, those students helped the campus climb 18 spots, to No. 2, for surpassing expected graduation rates. Leland recently spoke…

A national educational movement that started in 2009 is becoming more powerful and widespread each year, extending now from coast to coast. Complete College America is an initiative encouraging college students to earn their degrees as expeditiously and conscientiously as they can. In the last decade, studies have shown students who create an aggressive educational plan and follow it are more likely to graduate than those who slowly and gradually move toward graduation.…

When Matthew Rodrigues grows up, he wants to attend college to become a nurse or a doctor. “I think going to college is very important in life,” said Rodrigues, a sixth-grade student at Jefferson Elementary School in Dinuba. Friday morning, Rodrigues and 1,600 other sixth-graders got a taste of what it will take to achieve their career goals at Reedley College’s second annual Central Valley Promise event. Tour of Reedley College Campus To…

CHSU Now Offers the First 4-Year Medical School in the Valley December 2018 California Health Sciences University (CHSU) is proud to announce that our College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) now has approval to accept applications from students for Osteopathic Medical school! “We are exceedingly proud to hold the distinction of being the first, 4-year medical school in the Valley,” exclaimed Dr. John Graneto, Dean of the CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.…

People who have a higher level of education typically have greater potential for earning higher incomes. But a new report details the lack of opportunities for college degrees for some students in California’s schools. The study by the Public Policy Institute of California reinforces what economic development and educational leaders have long described: that areas such as the central San Joaquin Valley, where educational attainment levels are lower than most of the state,…

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/25/18  Contact:Angel Ramirez, Communications Manager (559) 698-4665 or angelr@csufresno.edu Higher education leaders and legislators will convene to revisit policy and legislative action that will have a great impact on higher education at the annual CVHEC Policy and Legislative Summit (Fresno, CA – October 26, 2018) – The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) will hold its annual Higher Education Policy and Legislative Summit on Friday, October 26,…

September 10, 2018   Stanislaus State has been ranked as one of the West’s top universities by U.S. News & World Report for 23 consecutive years, and this year’s rankings break new ground for Stan State. According to the annual rankings released this morning, Stan State is a top 10 public university in the Western region, moving up from No. 13 in last year’s rankings, in addition to being ranked No.…

The Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP) initiative has expanded its impact through extended work collaborations with higher education systems and institutions in four states: California, North Carolina, Georgia and Maine. With the addition of these new collaborations, the DCMP has guided the development of mathematics pathways in over 30 states since the project began in 2012. Mathematics pathways are a rapidly growing national movement in colleges and universities to align math courses more…

California has one of the most prolific community college scenes in the country. The Golden State is home to more than 110 public two-year institutions and features some of the lowest reported costs for community college tuition of any state in the U.S. Ever since President Obama introduced America’s College Promise in 2015, a proposal to make community college tuition-free for qualifying students, legislators and education administrators in California have been…

TO: CSU Presidents FROM: Loren J. Blanchard, Ph.D., Executive Vice Chancellor While the CSU has made significant progress in improving college readiness over the past two decades, today nearly 40 percent of admitted freshmen are placed in developmental education courses that typically do not count toward a baccalaureate degree. Improving college readiness of all students is a cornerstone of Graduation Initiative 2025 because of its direct relationship with progress toward degree…