Consortium representing 200,000 California students launches new effort to significantly boost college completion rates and close achievement gaps
San Bernardino, CA – National nonprofit Complete College America (CCA) announced today the launch of Complete College Inland Empire as the 45th member of the CCA Alliance. The new effort is focused on boosting completion rates and closing achievement gaps for the approximately 200,000 students in the region’s two public universities and 12 community colleges.
The Inland Empire (IE), comprising San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, is plagued with poor student outcomes. For every 1,000 high school freshmen in the IE, only 151 will complete a bachelor’s degree at a California public university compared to 225 high school freshmen statewide. Furthermore, less than 30 percent of adults in the two-county area have an associate degree or higher, compared to 38 to 48 percent of adults in adjacent Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
In response to these statistics, leaders of the IE sought and received a $5 million Governor’s 2015 Innovation Award in Higher Education to establish Growing Inland Achievement (GIA), a collective impact organization dedicated to improving the long-term economic outlook of the IE by building and supporting a cross-sector collaborative that aligns educational policy and initiatives regionally to create a well-educated workforce, thriving communities, and a vibrant economy through improving educational attainment rates.
As a new member of the CCA Alliance, Complete College Inland Empire has committed to setting college attainment goals, collecting and reporting the Common College Completion Metrics, and pursuing the organization’s Game Changer strategies – interventions such as Corequisite Support, Math Pathways, and Guided Pathways that are proven to dramatically increase college completion rates and close attainment gaps for large numbers of students across the involved institutions.
“Leaders in the Inland Empire recognize that increasing achievement of college degrees or credentials of value is the key to improving economic strength and overall quality of life within a community. …