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Dr. Gary K. Michelson, Founder and Co-Chair of the Michelson 20MM Foundation, joined Dr. Keith Curry, President and CEO of Compton College, and Dr. Pamela Luster, President of San Diego Mesa College, for their weekly #EquityChat on Twitter. Topics included open educational resources, smart justice, student basic needs, and more.
The Possibility Report highlights the state’s racial equity imperative for investing in higher education and leaves us with several policy recommendations across five key themes that would advance and support student success.
The recent $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress includes $40 billion for higher education, $5 billion of which is allocated for California. With this cash infusion, California’s colleges and universities have an unprecedented opportunity to close the equity gap in emergency student aid management and distribution–Edquity, a Michelson Portfolio company, can help.
During the event, panelists touched on the need for continued philanthropic and state support of in-prison educational programming, the importance of prioritizing face-to-face education for incarcerated students post-COVID, and the cascading effects investing in higher education can have among families and communities.
California’s Master Plan for Higher Education has been an engine of social mobility and economic strength for the state and a masterful exemplar for our nation. With the recent restoration of Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated students, California has an opportunity to draw from the success of the Master Plan by extending educational opportunities for upward mobility, employment, and civic engagement to a new demographic–currently incarcerated students.
During Advancing Equity and Online Learning at Community Colleges with Open Educational Resources (OER), leaders in the OER and distance learning space provided insights on the benefits of OER and how the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of no-cost, openly licensed digital learning materials