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About the Center

Our mission
The PPIC Higher Education Center advances practical solutions that enhance educational opportunities for all of California’s students—improving lives and expanding economic growth across the state.

Our vision
California’s world-renowned higher education system effectively, efficiently, and equitably prepares a broad range of students to meet the challenges of the future while driving progress for the state.

Our focus
The center focuses on three critical higher education issues facing California in the 21st century:

Expanding access: Identifying policies that increase and strengthen pathways to higher education, ensuring that all Californians have the opportunity to earn a college degree.

Improving outcomes: Promoting strategies that produce more college graduates and prepare Californians to be successful in a changing economy.

Managing finances: Helping to determine the most effective funding approaches, to keep college affordable and broaden the impact of the state’s higher education investments.


Our work
The PPIC Higher Education Center offers independent, accessible, and actionable information on California’s higher education issues. We identify policies that improve both student success and institutional effectiveness, offering clear explanations of trade-offs and outlining potential pathways forward.

Our publications range from one-page fact sheets to comprehensive, in-depth reports. Outreach efforts are multifaceted, bringing the full range of stakeholders to the table and providing a neutral forum for productive conversations. The PPIC blog delivers ongoing commentary on a wide variety of higher education topics.

Our staff
The center is directed by PPIC senior fellow Hans Johnson and includes a diverse staff, with research expertise in demography, economics, education, and political science.

Our advisory council
The PPIC Higher Education Center advisory council consists of leaders in higher education issues from around the state. The center operates under the direction of the PPIC president and board of directors.

Our funders
The center was launched with core support from The Sutton Family Fund and a significant commitment from PPIC.

To meet the increasing need for timely information and constructive solutions, committed funding partners are essential. The center will benefit from a broad base of investors who appreciate the vital need for a reliable, independent, and trusted broker in California’s higher education policy debates. To learn more about giving, please visit our Support PPIC pages.

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