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Looking Forward in 2022: A Message from Our Executive Director

As the new Executive Director of EdInsights, I wanted to share some of my ideas and thoughts about where we are today and where we would like to go in 2022. EdInsights remains optimistic that together we can support students by identifying equity gaps and recommending improvements to the transitions that our students are experiencing as they move through our institutions.

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Dr. LeAnn Fong-Batkin Appointed as New Executive Director!

The Education Insights Center (EdInsights) is pleased to announce Dr. LeAnn Fong-Batkin as our new Executive Director. Dr. Fong-Batkin brings over two decades of K-12 and higher education policy experience from WestEd, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, Sacramento State, the California Department of Education, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the California State Auditor. She has committed her career to social justice and equity for under-represented students.

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Governance Decisions are Critical to the Success of California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System

California’s planning process for a “Cradle-to-Career” data system has reached a critical juncture, as the Workgroup charged with making recommendations about the system considers governance options and the selection of an entity to manage it. Past efforts to develop a statewide data system in California were stymied over concerns about the make-up, roles, and responsibilities of the entity selected to manage the system, and how data collected by that entity would be used and by whom.

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Our Commitment to Action for Racial Justice

EdInsights stands in solidarity with demands for racial justice, and commits to actions to identify and dismantle white supremacy, structural racism, and oppression in public education. We will work to ensure that our education systems deeply value and provide meaningful learning opportunities for Black students. We take the President of Sacramento State’s charge to hold his colleagues responsible for action very seriously.

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Shared Via EdSource: How to Ensure Equitable Opportunities for College Students Coping with the Pandemic with Commentary by Andrea Venezia, Bianca Mothe and Terra Thorne

Once a student steps out of college, it’s very hard to get them back. That’s a profound problem in higher education, and an even bigger one during a pandemic that has pushed students off campus to take all their courses online. Right now, colleges don’t know where many of their students are — or if they are safe.

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