PURPOSE

The Governor’s Council for Post-Secondary Education envisions an integrated statewide system for post-secondary education that better serves California’s diverse students as part of a cradle-to-career educational continuum.

A vision for meeting students’ needs

The Council is guided by the vision that, by 2030, California can be recognized as the world leader in meeting students’ needs on the journey to and through college on the way to great careers. The Council is here to affirm that higher education is a priority, to recognize our shared responsibility to students and the state, and to break through the boundaries that limit us today. Members are committed to seeking equity-based solutions that center on student needs and realities.

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Working toward a California for All

The Council’s work is part of a broad vision for greater equity and prosperity across our state: California for All is reanimating the California Dream—the idea that every person can achieve a better life, regardless of where they start out. This dream thrives on the diverse talents and a spirit of innovation we seek to further cultivate.

Council Origin

In December 2018, Governor-elect Gavin Newsom met with leaders from higher education systems and agreed that the institutional leadership, together with leaders from labor and the business community would serve as his direct advisers on issues related to higher education. The Governor’s Council for Post-Secondary Education formed in August 2019 to serve as an independent consultative resource to the Governor regarding the economic and social impact of higher education in the state.

An advisory and sounding board role

The Council is advisory to the Governor and does not set policy. It serves as a sounding board for consideration of policy changes within segments that can have ripple effects across the entire education system.

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Meeting Materials

With a commitment to transparency and collaboration, the Governor’s Council for Post-Secondary Education regularly makes meeting plans, materials, and outputs publicly available.

Council Members

The Council is chaired by Governor Newsom and led by senior policy advisor Lande Ajose.

Lande Ajose

Lande Ajose

Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education, Office of the Governor

Michael Drake

Michael Drake

President, University of California

Joseph Castro

Joseph Castro

Chancellor, California State University

Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Chancellor, California Community Colleges

Kristen Soares

Kristen Soares

President, Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

Tony Thurmond

Tony Thurmond

Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

Linda Darling Hammond

Linda Darling Hammond

President, California State Board of Education

Keely Bosler

Keely Bosler

Director, California Department of Finance

Kristen Soares

Dee Dee Myers

Senior Advisor and Director, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

Allan Zaremberg

Allan Zaremberg

President and CEO, California Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Freita

Jeff Freitas

President, California Federation of Teachers

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California For All

The Governor’s Council for Post-Secondary Education envisions an integrated statewide system for post-secondary education that better serves California’s diverse students as part of a cradle-to-career educational continuum.

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