Sacramento City College served as host to Janet Napolitano, University of California President, and more than 20 community college presidents and chancellors from throughout Northern California Monday morning. The gathering was part of a series of “Conversations” Ms. Napolitano, the former Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama, is having with community college leaders throughout the state. Her intent is to see more students transfer from the community colleges to the U.C. System.
Topics during the 2 ½ hour session included a range of topics of mutual benefit between the two higher education systems. The group discussed the use of transfer agreements (TAGs), how well community college transfer students do once they arrive on U.C. campuses, ideas for developing stronger pathways that lead from high school to the community colleges and then to U.C., and advocating for a stronger system-wide approach to higher education in California.
The meeting followed last week’s decision by the University of California Regents to raise tuition at U.C. campuses by 5 percent in each of the next five years. Napolitano said the tuition increase was necessary because the California state budget has not kept pace with inflation, or allowed the higher education system (including the community colleges and the California State Universities) to expand its programs and services to the state’s students.
Napolitano and her staff chose Sacramento City College because of our Davis Educational Center, which is located on the U.C. Davis campus. She previously held a similar conference at Merced College because of its close ties to U.C. Merced.
Pictured are California Community College Chancellor Brice Harris, and Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California.