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Geography of Educational Attainment in California

By Cesar Alesi Perez, Hans Johnson, Vicki Hsieh

Overall, one-third of Californians age 25 and older have at least a bachelor’s degree. But this share varies widely—both across the state’s regions and within individual counties.

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Immigrants and Education in California

By Hans Johnson, Cesar Alesi Perez, Marisol Cuellar Mejia

Educational attainment among California’s recent immigrants has risen markedly. Immigrants now make up 31% of California workers with at least a bachelor’s degree. However, immigrants also comprise an outsized share of workers with little formal education.

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Commentary: An Equitable Recovery for California Requires Two Key Strategies

By Sarah Bohn, Dean Bonner, Vicki Hsieh

The current economic downturn has had an outsized impact on low-wage workers, communities of color, and women, and threatens to widen inequality. The right short- and long-term policies could help those most affected while broadening economic opportunity.

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The Year Ahead in Higher Education

By Hans Johnson

Last year brought historic disruptions to California’s colleges and universities. In 2021, how can policymakers and higher education officials draw on lessons learned during the pandemic while building on progress that was underway prior to COVID-19?

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Tackling Regional Disparities in Economic Opportunity

By Sarah Bohn, Dean Bonner, Vicki Hsieh, Julien Lafortune

Economic opportunity varies across California, and COVID-19 could worsen these disparities. Public policies that aim to increase opportunity should seek to address differing conditions and needs across regions.


Increasing Community College Transfers: Progress and Barriers

By Hans Johnson, Marisol Cuellar Mejia

Community college transfers are an essential route for underrepresented groups to achieve a bachelor’s degree. This study shows that students who reach key early milestones are much more likely to succeed. Recent reforms have the potential to lead to large increases in student transfer and success.

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