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
Jim Dragna, executive director of university initiatives and student success, California State University, Sacramento
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