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Month day, 2021 - Vision in Action No. 

How Boards and Trustees can advance student success and equity; california community colleges; aspen institute; foundation for California community colleges


The Success Center for California Community Colleges (Success Center) recently released a new report in partnership with the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Chancellor’s Office, providing a framework for community college leadership and boards on how to align their work to support institution-wide transformational reform aimed at advancing equitable student success. 

The report, “How Boards and Trustees Can Advance Student Success and Equity,” was informed by findings from the Trustee Fellowship, a 12-month long program which engaged two trustees and the CEO from 34 California community college districts comprising 68 colleges. During this time, college leaders conducted evaluations of current student success initiatives on their campuses and identified areas where greater improvements were required, then participated in workshops to help them recognize concrete steps which would engage their full boards to take actions aligned with needed reform. 

The Success Center and the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program used findings from the Fellowship to create a framework for effective board engagement of which the first big step is to understand, commit to and set goals for student success -- and to take time to recognize why institutional change is important for the community, students, and for equity. Following the practice of context-setting, CEOs and board members are encouraged to align board actions with these goals, with the report including recommendations on how to move this forward.

Read the full report.

Learn more about the Success Center.


vision in action for equity. A conversation with California's higher education leadersCalifornia Community Colleges Board of Governors President Pamela Haynes and Acting Chancellor Daisy Gonzales join UC President Michael Drake, CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro and other California higher education leaders for a discussion on strategies for achieving racial equity in our state's public colleges and universities. The Vision & Action for Equity webinar, presented by the Campaign for College Opportunity, is Thursday, September 23 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on the Campaign for College Opportunity Facebook page.

Find more information here.

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System Guidance/News/Webinars

The next Chancellor’s Office System Webinar - Teaching & Learning Paradigm Shift: From Expert to Agility - will take place on Wednesday, September 1 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 - Leading Courageous Conversations about Equitable Placement -  will be 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. 
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.) 

Several California community colleges and thousands of community college students, faculty, and staff are impacted by the devastating fires burning across our state.

To help, the Foundation for California Community Colleges has established a statewide fund that will help our students and staff recover from wildfires. Dollars will be used to help students overcome new barriers to education resulting from fires and displacement, including to replace essential supplies such as laptops, books, backpacks, and will provide emergency aid relief for the most deeply affected staff and faculty.


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.

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