We’re committed to realizing shared goals but also recognize that there are many paths to get there. We continue to find ways to support people on those diverse paths. Our institutions serve college students who face some of the greatest challenges, but also demonstrate the greatest resilience. We need to continue to deliver high-quality support that responds to the evolving needs of students and the current and future workforce. The seven points on this page represent our core commitments that will help us deliver on our goals.

  • 1. Focus relentlessly on students’ end goals.

    Getting students to their individual educational goals—whether a degree, certificate, transfer, or specific skill set—should be the explicit focus of the California Community Colleges. More than just offering courses, colleges need to be offering pathways to specific outcomes and providing supports for students to stay on those paths until completion.
  • 2. Always design and decide with the student in mind.

    Colleges need to make it easy for all students, including working adults, to access the courses and services they need. Students should not bear the burden of misaligned policies between education systems.
  • 3. Pair high expectations with high support.

    Students should be encouraged to go “all in” on their education, with support to meet their personal and academic challenges. Assessment and placement practices must be reformed so that students are placed at the highest appropriate course level, with ample supports to help them succeed.
  • 4. Foster the use of data, inquiry, and evidence.

    Data analysis should be a regular practice used for improving services at all levels, not a compliance activity. Decisions should be based on evidence, not anecdotes or hunches.
  • 5. Take ownership of goals and performance.

    The California Community College system should be rigorously transparent about its performance, own its challenges, and adopt a solution-oriented mindset to those things it can control. Goals should be used to motivate and provide direction, not punish.
  • 6. Enable action and thoughtful innovation.

    Moving the needle on student outcomes will require calculated risk, careful monitoring, and acceptance that failures will sometimes happen. Innovation should be thoughtful and aligned with goals; results should be tracked early and often.
  • 7. Lead the work of partnering across systems.

    Education leaders across the education systems and workforce development systems need to meet much more frequently, in more depth, and with more personnel dedicated to the task. By working together these systems can strengthen pathways for students and improve results.
By being fearless in our commitment to make the Chancellor’s Office and the California Community Colleges as a whole truly student ready, we can meet the needs of this moment and realize our mission of opening the door of economic prosperity to all Californians.