December 20, 2016 — Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor of California Community Colleges and Regent of the University of California, wrote a new blog post for Huffington Post on the importance of community colleges in ensuring opportunity for all Americans. “An educated workforce is no longer a luxury but an economic imperative,” says Oakley, also a member of Higher Ed for Higher Standards Advisory Council, citing the additional $570,000 college grads earn over the course of their careers compared to high school graduates.  For more ideas on how the 1,600 community colleges, that “occupy the best position to impact all Americans,” can do more to support students in the coming year, check out our resources on higher ed and K-12 collaborations through ESSA, or read more on our partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and Association of Community College Trustees. 

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Additional Resources from Higher Ed for Higher Standards

The Leveraging ESSA series to provides several resources to support higher ed and K-12 collaboration in state ESSA plans.

Aligning Expectations
The Aligning Expectations toolkit helps higher education leaders get involved in states’ reviews of  standards and/or assessments.

Alignment Policy Brief
The Alignment Policy Brief Series is designed to elevate best practices and inform higher ed leaders of emerging collaborations with K-12.

Seizing the Moment
The Seizing the Moment report on community college alignment shows how collaboration with K–12 can better support students.

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