Policy at the California Community Colleges is predicated on driving innovation and improving affordability. We must move with a sense of urgency, as we are dealing with the lives of more than 2.1 million students who look to us each year for greater opportunities at reaching their educational goals and expanding their economic possibilities.

Federal and state relations and legislative advocacy are critical, and the Governmental Relations Division represents the California Community Colleges at the legislative and executive branches of both the state and federal governments. Policy benchmarks can be found on web pages devoted to State RelationsFederal Relations, and Enacted Bills.

The Board of Governors provides representation, advocacy and accountability for the California Community Colleges (Ed Code § 70901(b)(4)). The Procedures and Standing Orders of the Board of Governors directs the Chancellor in representing the system on matters pending before the state and federal governments and authorizes the Chancellor to take positions on pending legislation on behalf of the Board, as specified (Procedures and Standing Orders § 317). The following 2020 Legislative Principles guide the Chancellor's Office in engaging in matters before state and federal governments.

2020 Legislative Principles (PDF)

Governmental relations staff act as a contact for information between legislative offices seeking information from the Chancellor's Office and for local colleges seeking information on pending legislation and implementation. The following document summarizes the main point of contact for each major policy area.

Staff Policy Areas (Last Updated: 2/25/2020)

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