As March 20 approaches, 52 college campuses in California are waiting to see if they’ve won something. That’s the day the California Department of Finance may annouce which campuses will receive what will total $50 million in grants through the California Innovation in Higher Education program that was created by Governor Browns and the Legislature last year.
Community Colleges, California State University and University of California campuses were all eligible to apply awards for programs that either helped increase the number of bachelor degrees awarded, helped more students graduate in four years and help improve the ability to transfer throughout the California higher education system.
In a way, these campuses have already won.
“The awards are important because they are innovative in themselves, spotlighting the kinds of changes needed to revitalize California’s long standing commitment to access to higher education while establishing an equal commitment to completion for all students,” said Jim Mayer, president and CEO of California Forward, which convened the Showcase with several other partners.
On March 9 in Sacramento, a showcase featuring the importance of innovation in higher education was held attracting business, civic and education leaders from across California.
CA Fwd’s Angel Cardenas filed this video report of the showcase.