Vision 2030 will achieve the three goals of equity in success, equity in access and equity in support, through the 12 actions described in three strategic directions – Equitable Baccalaureate Attainment, Equitable Workforce and Economic Development and Generative AI and the Future of Learning. These directions will guide the system in its mission to make equity gains while acknowledging decades of systemic barriers and the impact on disinvested communities. The priority actions below are grouped with the strategic direction most supported, but each will also positively impact the other two strategic directions.

Equitable Baccalaureate Attainment

Enabling baccalaureate attainment for every Californian requires meeting the unique needs of current and prospective learners regardless of age, race, socioeconomic status and previous educational attainment. Supporting the state’s credential attainment requires that we deepen our work to dismantle the “traditional” architecture of institutions and adapt to today’s students.

  1. All actions, policies and procedures, will be enacted centering equity and inclusion and dismantling prejudice and racism.
  2. Increase equitable access, success and support for:
    1.  Dual Enrollment in degree pathway
    2. Justice-involved and justice-impacted Californians’ enrollment in degree pathways including the community college baccalaureate.
    3. Foster youth in degree pathways
    4. Veterans in degree pathways including the Military Articulation Program
  3. Increase and improve access, success and support to quality online programs of study.
  4. Increase the number of eligible students who apply for, and receive federal, state, and local financial aid grants, including the federal Pell Grant, the state Cal Grant, and the California College Promise Grant, among others.
  5. Increase flexible term structures, flexible schedules and credit for prior learning opportunities to support working adult learners increase their full-time course intensity.
  6. Increase credit mobility and transfer opportunities within the California Community Colleges and to the California State University (CSU), University of California (UC) and Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) institutions.

Equitable Workforce and Economic Development

Vision 2030 will empower today’s students, both current and future, and improve their social and economic mobility. This will be achieved through robust workforce development initiatives that will equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today's ever-changing economy. Our focus supports evolving workforce needs in key areas such as health care, climate action, STEM and education.

  1. Increase educational access for prospective low-income learners to enhance their socio-economic mobility by developing a high-tech/high-touch system, to take customized educational and training opportunities to them, including apprenticeships, work-based learning and incorporating Learning-Aligned Employment Programs.
  2. Health care: Expand access to health care pathway programs with particular attention to nursing, mental and behavioral health.
  3. Climate action: Advance community college engagement with the four fields of climate practice — facilities, workforce and curriculum, community engagements and benefits, resource development. 
  4. STEM: Expand success, access and support in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines for historically underrepresented students.
  5. Education: Increase system capacity to decrease faculty shortages in key sectors including nursing, early childhood pathways and education.

Future of Learning

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) provides powerful new capabilities with tremendous implications for higher education. While AI holds great promise as a tool to eliminate equity gaps, it could also quite easily replicate biases, such as through uneven access by following the fissures of the pre-existing digital divide. We will explore opportunities to lead in adapting and building the promise of advances in AI in higher education.

  1. Actively engage with the impacts of generative AI.
    1. Improve the student experience with the use of generative AI as well as smart analytics applied to the “big data” systems (e.g. Student Information System, Learning Management System)
    2. Share learnings among the California Community Colleges community.
    3. Develop an analysis of the impact of generative AI technology and its potential implications for teaching and learning and take the necessary action in policy reform, systems development, and practices to advance success, access and support for our students.

Vision 2030 Report

All families, students and workers deserve the freedom to succeed: to build real-life skills and pursue careers.
— Gov. Gavin Newsom

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