Congratulations CSU Chancellor-select Castro! September 24, 2020   On behalf of the CVHEC Board of Directors, I extend a hearty congratulations to one of our board members, Dr. Joseph I. Castro, president of Fresno State, on his appointment yesterday as chancellor-select of the California State University 23-campus system. A native Californian born and raised in Hanford here in the Central Valley, Dr. Castro exemplifies the very success story that we at…

CVHEC’s 18th year symbolizes continued strength speaking in a single voice for Central Valley students The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) turns “college age” this month with its 18th anniversary today, August 5. And despite enduring perhaps its most uncertain year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the consortium of 28 colleges and universities from Kern to San Joaquin County has persevered, providing a support mechanism for the valley’s institution presidents and chancellors. The occasion symbolizes the consortium’s…

CVHEC offers remote learning opportunities for faculty with FOCI, STATS 2020 If anything can be said about higher education in the historic Spring 2020, it is that colleges and universities stood up to the challenge posed by the COVID pandemic including Central Valley institutions responding with urgency, care and foresight. Not only were they able to pivot to a virtual platform for instruction within a matter of days to complete the semester, but they geared…

The state’s 116th community college celebrates accreditation, CCC  approval Madera Community College made its official debut July 21 with a ribbon-cutting celebration after the California Community Colleges Board of Governors voted unan­imously the day before to recognize MCC as the 116th campus of the state’s community college system. In June, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges granted accreditation to what until then was known as the Madera and Oakhurst Community College Centers affiliated with Reedley College of the State Center…

  Following last month’s successful ribbon-cutting, California Health Sciences University welcomed students to orientation July 21-23 and posted this video. Dr. John Graneto, D.O., M.Ed., dean of the CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, told the inaugural cohort of student doctors: “I am proud to know each of you and thank you for making this a memorable and historic event!” Classes began July 27.

Sharing highlights and successes of our CVHEC member institutions Greetings! I am happy to welcome you to the inaugural issue of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) digital newsletter. CVHEC represents 27 colleges and universities in the nine-county region of the Central Valley from San Joaquin County in the north to Kern County in the south.  I am delighted that we can use this forum to share highlights and successes of our…

‘Dual Enrollment in the Central Valley: Working Toward a Unified Approach for Equity and Prosperity’ The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium announces two significant developments in our ongoing dual enrollment strategies: The release of a new CVHEC report, “Dual Enrollment in the Central Valley, Working Toward a Unified Approach for Equity and Prosperity;”  and, An award of a $25,000 donation from AT&T in June 2020 to benefit CVHEC’s dual enrollment efforts. These funds…

Central Valley’s new medical school opens July 21 with 75 students CHSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine granted pre-accreditation; virtual ribbon-cutting June 30 With its new pre-accreditation status in order, California Health Sciences University announced its grand opening for the Central Valley’s new medical school, the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), will be July 21 when instruction begins for its inaugural class of 75 medical students. As the university finalizes preparations to open its new state-of-the-art,…

Valley higher education leaders discuss ‘COVID-19’ plans for fall semester (JUNE 26, 2020) – The Central Valley’s 27 college and university presidents and chancellors reported today that most of them will resume the remote education environment they implemented in the spring semester when the coronavirus pandemic swept the world. The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) board of directors met Friday morning via Zoom to share their respective fall 2020 campus…

Statement in Solidarity with the African American Community Benjamin T. Duran Ed.D. Executive Director Central Valley Higher Education Consortium   The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC), a consortium of 27 colleges and universities serving the Central Valley of California, ordinarily works with its consortium members to enhance opportunities for valley students to access college and realize their life’s dreams. However, these are not ordinary times. We find ourselves in dark…