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July 22, 2021 - Vision in Action No. 42 

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California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley will join the Biden administration in a temporary role to provide advice on higher education policy, and Deputy Chancellor Daisy Gonzales will serve as acting chancellor until his return in the late fall.

“Chancellor Oakley’s temporary assignment to work as a special advisor to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is a win for California and the nation, providing more opportunity to improve higher education policy and help millions of American families,” Board of Governors President Pamela Haynes said. “Answering this call to service is a recognition of work our system is leading.”

Oakley’s new assignment starts July 26 at which time Deputy Chancellor Daisy Gonzales, PhD., will serve as acting chancellor of the California Community Colleges, overseeing policy, fiscal and advocacy matters for the 116-college system that serves 2.1 million students. She will be the first Latina to hold the position in the system.
Oakley will aim to help the Biden administration advance its top higher education priorities, including increasing the federal Pell Grant, increase degree/certificate completion rates and expand higher education opportunities to both adult learners and high school students. All of these goals align with the Vision for Success, the system’s framework for improving student outcomes and eliminating achievement gaps.
Read more here.

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System Guidance/News/Webinar

Join the Chancellor’s Office College Finance and Facilities Planning Division for an in-depth look into the 2021-2022 California State Budget and its impacts on the California Community Colleges. The virtual webinar will also offer other necessary information for college and district annual fiscal planning processes. The webinar is Thursday, July 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tentative Agenda:

  • Opening Remarks - Alignment of Goals, Planning, and Budgeting
  • Overview of the State Budget Framework
  • Apportionments and Student Centered Funding Formula
  • Updates on Categorical Program Funding and Other Funding Sources
  • Using Data for Student Centered Planning and Actions
  • Outreach, Enrollment, and Student Re-Engagement

Register at this link.

The next Chancellor’s Office System Webinar - Leading Courageous Conversations about Equitable Placement - will take place on Wednesday, August 4 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. If you are already registered for the Chancellor’s Office System Webinars, there is no need to register again. You will receive a reminder email prior to the webinar with your link. 
The recording and slides from the previous webinar - Enacted State Budget and Local Implementation to Advance an Equitable Recovery - are now posted on the Vision Resource Center. After logging-in, under the “Communities” menu, visit “All Communities” and look for “CCC | Webinars, Conferences, and Events”. Join this community, then access the “Chancellor’s Office System Webinars” topic to view the content. Other resources mentioned during the webinar are below:
Visit the Budget News section of the Chancellor’s Office website for budget-related updates

Student Centered Funding Formula Dashboard

ACCJC Policy on Social Justice
Please share the 2021 System Webinars registration link with your colleagues that are not yet registered. (Registration is only required once and the same link will be used to access all System Webinars in 2021.) 

The Chancellor’s Office is committed to keeping everyone informed during this uncertain time. We encourage administrators, faculty, staff and students to regularly check the Chancellor’s Office COVID-19 resource page and the Chancellor’s Office Communications to Colleges section for ongoing executive orders, guidance memos and announcements. Current and prospective students can also get connected with their local college to find out specific resources and support services available as well as enroll in their local community college.

Student Supports

New stimulus money is available for current and former foster, dual status, Title IV-E tribe and probation youth ages 18-26. The money is guaranteed if students are eligible and sign up by the deadline. All applications must be submitted by September 3, 2021. 
Learn how to apply here. 

The California Youth Crisis line runs 24-hours a day, seven days a week: 800-843-5200. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides confidential assistance to anyone in crisis and their loved ones through a live chat and free 24-hour hotline at 800-273-8255. You can also text COURAGE to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

Items of Interest

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U.S. judge blocks new applicants to program that protects undocumented ‘Dreamers’ who arrived as children. 

Plans for free pre-K and community college could provide a ‘ladder into the middle class.’

California's new community college got off to a rocky start. Here's how its president plans to right the ship. 

Private college president thinks higher ed’s business model is broken — and he has a proposal to fix it.

Delta made up 83% of California’s recently sampled COVID cases, matching U.S. rate.