Celeste Galván of McFarland and her family celebrating her two degrees earned by the age of 19 thanks to dual enrollment courses through Bakersfield College before Fresno State. She is now enrolled in CSU Bakersfield's teacher credential program. All three campuses are CVHEC members.

Celeste Galván of McFarland and her family celebrated her two degrees earned by the age of 19 thanks to dual enrollment courses through Bakersfield College before Fresno State. Here they pose with her at her high school graduation in 2018. She is now enrolled in CSU Bakersfield’s teacher credential program. All three campuses are CVHEC members.   CVHEC Dual Enrollment Spotlight: Celeste Galván of McFarland From one end of the valley…

Historic UC Merced transfer initiative with Bakersfield, Merced Colleges launches Nov. 4 A hybrid convening at the University of California, Merced Nov. 4, “Charting Better Maps to Degrees,” will launch the historic UC Merced Transfer Pathways initiative between three Central Valley Higher Education Consortium member campuses and demonstrate how the new Program Pathways Mapper can revolutionize positive outcomes across enrollment, completions and equity for students. UC Merced Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz will be…

Mini-Grant Success Stories COS Equitable Teaching Institute supports faculty learning NOTE: For the past three years, Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Mini-Grants have been awarded to member institutions in support of CVHEC’s mission to increase degree attainment rates. We are highlighting how our member institutions’ innovative uses for the grants are positively impacting students.  The Equitable Teaching Institute at College of the Sequoias this summer engaged 10 faculty in an innovative four-week…

  Mini-Grant Success Stories Reedley College’s Motivational Poster Project  seeks equitable, inclusive spaces on campus NOTE: For the past three years, CVHEC Mini-Grants have been awarded to member institutions in support of CVHEC’s mission to increase degree attainment rates. We are highlighting how our member institutions’ innovative uses for the grants are positively impacting students.  More than 70 motivational posters profiling a diverse range of student success stories were produced by the…

Rollout of Program Mapper software app for transfers set for Nov. 4 A pilot program developed between the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium and three member institutions — UC Merced, Merced College and Bakersfield College — is showing promise for outstanding results that can enhance a community college student’s transfer experience including a new web-based software application, Program Mapper. This new initiative, the CVHEC/UC Merced Transfer Project, was presented to the…

Dual Enrollment: success stories underscore equity-driven strategy to reduce disparities in student persistence and completion rates The Covid-19 pandemic of the past 18 months cast a shadow over joyous occasions like graduation events for Class of 2020 and 2021 high school and college students everywhere, but one narrative emerged repeatedly in the Central Valley that provided a spark of optimism for our region’s college attainment rates: dual enrollment success stories. One…

Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, Ph.D., became Fresno State’s ninth president May 19 when the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees announced his selection to succeed Joseph I. Castro who was named Chancellor last fall. “It is an honor to be chosen to lead this premier university, which opens doors of opportunities for our talented students and improves the quality of life for everyone in the Valley,” said Jiménez-Sandoval. “I look forward to…

Greetings Colleagues and Friends of CVHEC, We are delighted to present the June, 2021 CVHEC Newsletter as we welcome a much anticipated culmination of the 2020/21 Academic Year.  This is our 10th issue since we began publishing a year ago. It was a delight to see commencement exercises in various forms on CVHEC member college and university campuses throughout the region where students and families once again celebrated degree attainments during this…

Adjunct Faculty Embedded Into Accelerated/Co-Requisite English, Math  Modesto Junior College recently used its Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Mini-Grant to support compliance with California Assembly Bill 705 by funding a faculty mentor program that embedded adjunct faculty into accelerated/co-requisite English and math courses during the Spring 2021 semester, addressing the key elements of persistence; time to degree; and decreasing equity gap. “Modesto Junior College’s use of the grant funds is the epitome of…

The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Legislative and Policy Summit 2021 will be held Dec. 2 and 3, 2021, with the theme “Recovering with Equity and Inclusion in the Central Valley in a Post Pandemic World” at the Double Tree by Hilton (2233 Ventura St.) in Fresno. Dr. Benjamin Duran, executive director of CVHEC, announced this week the return of the regional event – which was on pandemic hiatus in 2020…