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Improving College Pathways in California

November 28, 2017
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
(registration begins 11:45 a.m.)

Capitol Event Center
1020 11th Street, second floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

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About the Program

Far too many students are falling off the pathway to and through college. At current rates of high school and college completion, only about 30% of California 9th graders will earn a bachelor’s degree. Where do students fall off the path—and which students are most likely to do so? PPIC researcher Niu Gao will provide highlights from a new report on building effective pathways to a college degree, and a panel of experts will talk about promising approaches in California.

This event is supported with funding from the James Irvine Foundation and the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. This research is supported with funding from the Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation, the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the James Irvine Foundation, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and the Sutton Family Fund.

Please register in advance. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited. Lunch will be provided.


11:45 a.m. Registration and lunch available

12:05 p.m. Welcome
Deborah Gonzalez, director of government affairs, PPIC

12:10 p.m. Presentation
Niu Gao, research fellow, PPIC

12:20 p.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Hans Johnson, center director and senior fellow, PPIC Higher Education Center
Jorge A. Aguilar, superintendent, Sacramento City Unified School District
James “Jim” Dragna, executive director of university initiatives and student success, Sacramento State
Kimberly Rodriguez, chief education advisor, Office of Senate President
pro Tem Kevin de León

1:00 p.m. Audience Q&A

1:30 p.m. Adjourn


Kelly Holt
Event Contact
Linda Strean
Media Contact


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