Our Mission

The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium is a 27-member strong consortium. The  Central Valley is leading the state as a region taking on difficult and complex initiatives and scaling them up in a region the size of some states.  

Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) speaks in one voice on policy issues that affect our region. A goal of the consortium is to increase the Central Valley’s certificate and degree attainment rates. CVHEC is best described as a regional convener on post-secondary equitable work.

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"Students don't operate in the silos that we do," @EloyOakley said. "We are institution-centric ... We need to take this opportunity to take a step back to look at the student journey and look at the data on how we can improve that journey." @CalCommColleges #HigherEd #CVHigherEd

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Upcoming Central Valley Events

CCA Convening
Dec 12 – Dec 14 all-day


t started a decade ago. It started with a mission – more Americans earning more degrees. That mission launched a movement, growing from a handful of change agents to an Alliance of 19 leading states. Now, this 46-member strong national network represents thousands of impatient reformers across the country focused on student success, tested reforms and measurable results. A completion nation.

Ten years after the birth of Complete College America, the mission remains. And the reforms are working. The needle is moving, but there is more to do. There are populations that are being left behind and equity gaps that persist. It will take a collective effort to close them.

CCA is more firmly focused on the future than ever and on the next ten years of impact. That means doubling down on what works and forging ahead with comprehensive structural change. It means intentionally searching the field for new game-changing ideas and greater innovation and advocating for stronger policy to help drive these efforts. CCA has never worked alone, and it’s clearer than ever before that the completion crisis can only be solved together.

So, join the movement. Join the completion nation.

 2019 CCA Annual Convening

Start: Thursday, December 12 at 1:00 pm MT

End: Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 pm MT

Early Bird Registration: $475.00 *Discounted rate available to the first 75 attendees

General Registration: $550.00

Alliance Team Member Registration: $250.00

Post-Conference: Saturday, December 14 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm MT

Post-Conference Registration: $150.00

Merced College – Active Learning Conference
Jan 10 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

What: ALC2020: 3rd Annual Merced College Active Learning Conference

“Terms of Engagement”

Where: Merced College
Date: Friday, January 10th, 2020
Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Registration Fee: $10 + service fee (non-refundable)

Guided Pathways is driving transformation on college campuses throughout the nation and campus structures, like registration, college websites, student services, etc. are all being re-imagined.  For true campus transformation to be complete, we not only need to re-imagine our campus policies and structures, but we also need to examine what happens INSIDE the classroom. 

The focus of this conference is to help college faculty embrace the challenge of providing a high-quality education for ALL students in ALL disciplines on ALL campuses by closely examining what we do in the classroom.  In her keynote address, Dr. Barkley, will discuss her framework on how we can better ENGAGE students and will be providing faculty with strategies and techniques that we can immediately apply in our classrooms.  Following the keynote address, we will have a set of breakout sessions (topics to be announced early December) followed by a lightning round, raffle prizes, and a closing session.

In partnership with Columbia College, a one-day active learning conference will be held mid-spring.  More information will be provided at ALC2020.

Breakfast, lunch, refreshments, networking opportunities, and great teaching strategies are included with the registration fee.  Please complete your registration and pay fees using the links below.

Registration formhttps://forms.gle/fMPZgwHbBmpW8hJY7

Pay registration fee herehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/78681996971

Jan 24 – Jan 25 all-day



Our 2020 Jumpstart summer workshops provide basic insight and instruction on how to compete for NSF funding.  The workshop prepares attendees to submit applications to the NSF HSI Initiative call NSF 19-540 (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19540/nsf19540.htm)

The content will focus on preparing grants for the new NSF HSI Initiative that seeks to increase grant support for STEM Education in Hispanic Serving Institutions (due date September 18, annually). During the event, participants will have a rare opportunity to seek advice from successful grant applicants, to direct questions to experienced and knowledgeable grant awardees, and to closely analyze a sample proposal to learn which pitfalls to avoid.


The workshops are open to anyone interested in applying for the NSF HSI Initiative call NSF 19-540. Preference is for applicants who are (1) from 2-year and 4-year HSIs with limited prior NSF support (2) faculty within their first 10 years of academic appointment, and (3) those who seek to collaborate on applications with these institutions.


Cost:  Accepted applicants will be eligible to apply for stipends to offset the cost of attendance. Registration fees vary based on area-specific workshop venues.

Application:  The finalized application should be submitted at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/jumpstart2020a.
Prepare to submit your application using this document. It is recommended to upload a letter of institutional support with your application.

Travel and Accommodations: Attendees are responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel and accommodations. For some workshops, a limited number of rooms for a special price have been arranged. Please see details above under the specific workshops.




If you have questions, please contact:
Margie Vela
Program Manager
NSF HSI STEM Resource Hub

CCLC – Legislative Conference
Jan 26 – Jan 27 all-day

Advocacy Starts at the Annual
Legislative Conference, January 26-27, 2020

Annually, the Community College League of California’s Legislative Conference kicks-off the advocacy season as California Community College leaders come together to discuss important policy issues and engage with members of the State Legislature. We invite you to join us in advocating for our 2.1 million students on January 26-27, 2020.

The Annual Legislative Conference is held in conjunction with the Effective Trusteeship and Board Chair Workshops, January 24-26, 2020. Separate registration is required.
Annual Legislative Conference
January 26-27, 2020

The Annual Legislative Conference is offered to all California community college CEOs, trustees, faculty, staff, and partner organizations interested in advocating for higher education. This year’s conference will cover some of the most pressing policy issues of the moment. The Annual Legislative Conference also provides attendees with the opportunity to shape statewide policies and advocacy agendas.

Here is a preview of some of the sessions, you won’t want to miss:
Federal Higher Education Policy
Now, more than ever before, decisions made in Washington D.C. affect the success of our students and college operations. Join our national representatives in a discussion of higher education policies and proposals to modify the federal influence over education.
The Unspoken Effect of Tax Credits on Education Funding
Over the past decade, while California suffered the Great Recession, California’s community college districts and schools lost over $66 billion through two suspensions of Proposition 98 and overall reductions in education funding. During this same time period, California spent over $65 billion in tax credits to merely the top ten tax credits. Discuss how the state’s largest tax credits may not be meeting their intended goals, their impact on the state’s general fund and the damage done to our institutions by a reduction of education funding by 40 cents on the dollar.
The Quest for Affordable Student Housing
The League’s Affordability, Food, & Housing Access Taskforce was formed to create ideas, best practices, and solutions that address students’ basic needs insecurity. Join a real discussion of the costs and benefits of student housing compare to other policy alternatives intended to address housing insecurity. Hear the innovative approaches colleges are exploring to connect students with affordable housing.
Registration Rates
Full Conference – $590
Advocacy Team – $480
Student/Large Advocacy Team – $415
Sunday, January 26 (One-day registration) – $370
Monday, January 27 (One-day registration) – $350

For more information about the Annual Legislative Conference, and to register 
click here.https://www.ccleague.org/event-calendar/2020-annual-legislative-conference-registration

Effective Trusteeship & Board Chair Workshops
January 24-26, 2020

All recently elected and appointed trustees should attend the Effective Trusteeship Workshop. The workshop includes training tracks for trustees within the first two years of their term and ongoing education for board members. Student trustees and CEOs will also gain valuable knowledge from this workshop.

The Board Chair Workshop is designed for board presidents, vice presidents, and CEOs. Being a board president is an important leadership role. The chair runs board meetings, fosters teamwork, represents the board, and works closely with the CEO.

Registration Rates
Trustee Orientation Workshop – $515
Board Chair Workshop – $90

For more information about the Effective Trusteeship & Board Chair Workshop, click here.
Deadline to Register
Online registration for both the Annual Legislative Conference and the Effective Trusteeship & Board Chair Workshops close on Friday, January 17, 2020, or until space fills.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org. 

FPU – Unlikely Screening
Jan 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday, Jan. 27th: 5:30 pm Fresno Pacific University Visalia Campus / 245 Plaza Dr, Visalia, CA 93291

Wednesday, Jan. 29th: 5:30 pm Fresno Pacific University Main Campus / 1717 S. Chestnut Ave, Fresno, CA 93702

Friday, Jan. 31st: 5:30 pm Fresno Pacific University North Fresno Campus / 5 River Park Pl W #303, Fresno, CA 93720

Unlike Screening – FPU
Jan 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday, Jan. 27th: 5:30 pm Fresno Pacific University Visalia Campus / 245 Plaza Dr, Visalia, CA 93291

Wednesday, Jan. 29th: 5:30 pm Fresno Pacific University Main Campus / 1717 S. Chestnut Ave, Fresno, CA 93702

Friday, Jan. 31st: 5:30 pm Fresno Pacific University North Fresno Campus / 5 River Park Pl W #303, Fresno, CA 93720

Unlikely Screening – FPU
Jan 31 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday, Jan. 27th: 5:30 pm Fresno Pacific University Visalia Campus / 245 Plaza Dr, Visalia, CA 93291

Wednesday, Jan. 29th: 5:30 pm Fresno Pacific University Main Campus / 1717 S. Chestnut Ave, Fresno, CA 93702

Friday, Jan. 31st: 5:30 pm Fresno Pacific University North Fresno Campus / 5 River Park Pl W #303, Fresno, CA 93720

CLP – Redesigning with Careers in Mind
Feb 18 all-day

Redesigning with Careers in Mind:
A Guided Pathways Workshop
This Guided Pathways workshop will highlight promising, innovative approaches from several community colleges in California. 
Workshop Details

Sacramento: February 18, 2020
Sheraton Grand Sacramento
Colleges are redesigning their institutions to eliminate inequities in student completion and careers and to increase the number of students who successfully reach their educational goals. Join us for a workshop on how colleges across California are redesigning programs and services with students’ careers in mind:
Integrating career goals into meta-major redesign;
Rethinking career and placement services;
Addressing equity gaps in program and career choice;
Enabling students to continue educational and career advancement;
And more.

Suggested Team Members Include:
Bring your College Team!
Suggested team members include:
GP leads and coordinators
GP team member
Student services and instruction faculty
Student services professionals
Career and job placement faculty and staff
Vice-presidents, instructional deans, program directors
This Guided Pathways workshop is produced by the Career Ladders Project with funding from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.


CAP’s 4th Annual Statewide Conference
Feb 27 – Feb 29 all-day

Save the Date!

Acceleration Across California
CAP’s 4th Annual Statewide Conference

February 27-29, 2020
DoubleTree Sacramento

Call for proposals and registration information will be available in Fall 2019

CHSU Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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Angel Ramirez, Communications Manager