PPIC's Publications RSS Feedhttp://www.ppic.org/en-usCopyright 2016 PPIC All Rights Reserved.Wed, 25 May 2016 05:15:03 PDTPublic Policy Institute of California : Publications Income Inequality and the Safety Net in California http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1190 Income inequality has been growing for decades, in California and the nation as a whole. In recent years, inequality—and the role of policy in addressing it—has become a major focus of public debate. This report documents the polarization of incomes across the state and shows how social safety net programs mitigate inequality. Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT Improving College Graduation Rates: A Closer Look at California State University http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1197 Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT Expanding Health Coverage in California: County Jails as Enrollment Sites http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1196 Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT College Prep for All: Will San Diego Students Meet Challenging New Graduation Requirements? http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1191 Several of California’s major urban school districts have adopted ambitious new high school graduation requirements, making college preparatory coursework mandatory. This analysis—which focuses on San Diego—finds that the new requirements are likely to help many students but may damage the prospects of others. San Diego and other districts can take steps to help lower-achieving students meet the new graduation goals. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1192 <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Some findings of the current survey:</span></p> <ul> <li> Most Californians say that state funding for local schools is inadequate; solid majorities favor a Proposition 30 income tax increase extension and state and local school bonds. </li> <li>Democrats and Republicans are divided on the Common Core standards. Still, a majority of Californians are confident that Common Core will help prepare students for college and careers. </li> <li>While few Californians have heard of the Local Control Funding Formula, a solid majority are supportive after being read a short description of the policy. </li> <li>Californians are concerned about preschool affordability; most favor using some of the state budget surplus to fund early childhood education programs.</li> </ul> <p align="left"><img border="0" src="/content/images/double_arrow.jpg" alt="" /><span style="color: rgb(205, 113, 0); font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;"> Crosstabs</span>: <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/other/Crosstabs_AllAdults0416.pdf">All Adults</a></span> [PDF]<br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/other/Crosstabs_LikelyVoters0416.pdf">Likely Voters</a></span> [PDF]<br /> </p> <p align="left"><img border="0" src="/content/images/double_arrow.jpg" alt="" /><span style="color: rgb(205, 113, 0); font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;"> Time Trends</span>: <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/data/TimeTrends_AllAdults0416.pdf">All Adults</a></span> [PDF]<br /> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/data/TimeTrends_LikelyVoters0416.pdf">Likely Voters</a></span> [PDF]<br /> </p> <p> The survey was supported with funding from the <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://sdbjrfoundation.org/">S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation</a></span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1192">The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation</a></span>, the <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://investinkidsla.org/">LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment</a></span>, the <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://silvergiving.org/">Silver Giving Foundation</a></span>, and the <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.stuartfoundation.org/">Stuart Foundation</a></span>.</p> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Californians and Early Childhood Education http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1193 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Public Preschools in California http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1194 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Higher Education in California http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1179 <p>Higher education enhances Californians’ lives and contributes to the state’s economic growth. But population and education trends suggest that California is facing a large shortfall of college graduates. Addressing this short­fall will require strong gains for groups that have been historically under­represented in higher education. Substantial improvement in educational outcomes will create a more productive economy, higher incomes and tax revenues, and less pressure on the social safety net. This briefing kit highlights the most pressing issues in seven key areas. </p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1180">California’s higher education system</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1181">Addressing California’s skills gap</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1182">Expanding college access</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1183">Improving college completion</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1184">Increasing equity and diversity</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1185">Investing in public higher education</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1186">Making college affordable</a></span></li> </ul> <p>We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Sutton Family Fund.</p> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Higher Education in California: California’s Higher Education System http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1180 <p>California’s system of public and private institutions is the largest—and one of the most diverse—in the nation. To meet 21st-century challenges, the state needs to set overarching goals and strengthen coordination across the system. </p> <p>This publication is part of a <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1179">briefing kit</a></span> that highlights our state’s most pressing higher education challenges in seven key areas: </p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1180">California’s higher education system</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1181">Addressing California’s skills gap</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1182">Expanding college access</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1183">Improving college completion</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1184">Increasing equity and diversity</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1185">Investing in public higher education</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1186">Making college affordable</a></span></li> </ul> We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Sutton Family Fund. <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Higher Education in California: Addressing California’s Skills Gap http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1181 <p>California is facing a shortage of college graduates. Policymakers can help the state’s higher education institutions meet changing economic needs by setting new goals, making new investments, and focusing on programs that improve student success </p> <p>This publication is part of a <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1179">briefing kit</a></span> that highlights our state’s most pressing higher education challenges in seven key areas: </p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1180">California’s higher education system</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1181">Addressing California’s skills gap</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1182">Expanding college access</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1183">Improving college completion</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1184">Increasing equity and diversity</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1185">Investing in public higher education</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1186">Making college affordable</a></span></li> </ul> We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Sutton Family Fund. <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Higher Education in California: Expanding College Access http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1182 <p>More California high school graduates than ever are ready for college, and more applicants than ever are being turned away from the state’s public universities. Providing meaningful access to higher education is essential to Californians and the state economy.</p> <p>This publication is part of a <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1179">briefing kit</a></span> that highlights our state’s most pressing higher education challenges in seven key areas:</p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1180">California’s higher education system</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1181">Addressing California’s skills gap</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1182">Expanding college access</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1183">Improving college completion</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1184">Increasing equity and diversity</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1185">Investing in public higher education</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1186">Making college affordable</a></span></li> </ul> We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Sutton Family Fund. <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Higher Education in California: Improving College Completion http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1183 <p>California needs to help more students stay in school and get their degrees. Preparing high school students for college is key. Boosting transfers from community college and shortening the time it takes to graduate are also important.</p> <p>This publication is part of a <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1179">briefing kit</a></span> that highlights our state’s most pressing higher education challenges in seven key areas: </p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1180">California’s higher education system</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1181">Addressing California’s skills gap</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1182">Expanding college access</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1183">Improving college completion</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1184">Increasing equity and diversity</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1185">Investing in public higher education</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1186">Making college affordable</a></span></li> </ul> We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Sutton Family Fund. <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Higher Education in California: Increasing Equity and Diversity http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1184 <p>Graduation rates among underrepresented students are increasing slowly but remain low. Raising these rates is a key element in narrowing California’s skills gap. </p> <p>This publication is part of a <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1179">briefing kit</a></span> that highlights our state’s most pressing higher education challenges in seven key areas: </p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1180">California’s higher education system</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1181">Addressing California’s skills gap</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1182">Expanding college access</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1183">Improving college completion</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1184">Increasing equity and diversity</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1185">Investing in public higher education</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1186">Making college affordable</a></span></li> </ul> We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Sutton Family Fund. <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Higher Education in California: Investing in Public Higher Education http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1185 <p>California’s investments in public higher education have helped drive economic growth over many decades. But the state invests less per student at its public universities than it did 30 years ago. With renewed investment—and innovative use of existing funds—public higher education will continue to benefit the state and its residents. </p> <p>This publication is part of a <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1179">briefing kit</a></span> that highlights our state’s most pressing higher education challenges in seven key areas: </p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1180">California’s higher education system</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1181">Addressing California’s skills gap</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1182">Expanding college access</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1183">Improving college completion</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1184">Increasing equity and diversity</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1185">Investing in public higher education</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1186">Making college affordable</a></span></li> </ul> We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Sutton Family Fund. <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Higher Education in California: Making College Affordable http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1186 <p>The benefits of a college education are well documented, but costs—and student debt—are rising. California needs to expand efforts to help lower-income students earn degrees without going deeply into debt.</p> <p>This publication is part of a <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1179">briefing kit</a></span> that highlights our state’s most pressing higher education challenges in seven key areas: </p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1180">California’s higher education system</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1181">Addressing California’s skills gap</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1182">Expanding college access</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1183">Improving college completion</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1184">Increasing equity and diversity</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1185">Investing in public higher education</a></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1186">Making college affordable</a></span></li> </ul> We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Sutton Family Fund. <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT Regulating Marijuana in California http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1189 If California legalizes recreational marijuana, the state should develop a single highly regulated marijuana market—for medical and recreational uses. Key policy goals will also need to be addressed—including limiting the illegal market, protecting public health and safety, and raising revenue for the state Wed, 6 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT High-Need Students and California’s New Assessments http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1188 Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PDT How Has Proposition 47 Affected California's Jail Population? http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1187 <p>Passed by the voters in 2014, Proposition 47 reduced penalties for certain drug and property crimes. This change led to dramatic declines in the state's jail population, driven by decreases in arrests, convictions, and jail time for Proposition 47 offenders. </p> <p>This research was supported with funding from <a href="http://www.calendow.org/">The California Endowment</a>.</p> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 PDT California's Exclusive Electorate: Who Votes and Why It Matters http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=705 <p> Only half of California's adults are likely to vote in the 2016 presidential election, and these voters do not reflect the state's diversity, attitudes, or policy preferences. Changes to the election process will bring in new voters, but broader solutions are needed — including providing civics education, increasing economic mobility, and expanding citizenship rates. </p> <p>This research was supported with funding from <a href="https://www.irvine.org/">The James Irvine Foundation</a>.</p> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 00:00:00 PDT PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=1178 <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Some findings of the current survey:</span></p> <ul> <li>Donald Trump leads with 38 percent support among likely voters in California’s Republican presidential primary; Hillary Clinton has the support of 48 percent of Democratic primary likely voters. </li> <li>Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez lead the top-two primary for the U.S. Senate, but almost a third of likely voters are undecided. </li> <li> Most Californians view increased spending on the maintenance of roads, highways, and bridges as very important to the state’s future. </li> <li>With much of the state receiving seasonal rainfall, fewer Californians see their regional water supply as a big problem. </li> </ul> <p align="left"><img border="0" src="/content/images/double_arrow.jpg" alt="" /><span style="FONT-STYLE: italic; COLOR: rgb(205,113,0); FONT-WEIGHT: bold"> Crosstabs</span>: <br /> <span style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/other/Crosstabs_Adults0316.pdf">All Adults</a></span> [PDF]<br /> <span style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/other/Crosstabs_LikelyVoters0316.pdf">Likely Voters</a></span> [PDF]<br /> </p> <p align="left"><img border="0" src="/content/images/double_arrow.jpg" alt="" /><span style="FONT-STYLE: italic; COLOR: rgb(205,113,0); FONT-WEIGHT: bold"> Time Trends</span>: <br /> <span style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/data/TimeTrends_AllAdults0316.pdf">All Adults</a></span> [PDF]<br /> <span style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/content/data/TimeTrends_LikelyVoters0316.pdf">Likely Voters</a></span> [PDF]<br /> </p> <p>The survey was supported with funding from <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://irvine.org/">The James Irvine Foundation</a></span> and the <span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.ppic.org/main/support_detail.asp?i=1660#donor">PPIC Donor Circle</a></span>.</p> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 00:00:00 PDT