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Eloy Ortiz Oakley
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President Eloy Ortiz Oakley leads one of the nations top community colleges, Long Beach City College, CA. He is a nationally recognized higher education reform advocate and a champion for equity in higher education outcomes.

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California's Comeback Kid Tries to Kick Start Innovation in Higher Ed

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 9:24 PM

Governor Jerry Brown has earned the moniker of California's Comeback Kid. Reinventing himself several times during his political career, he continues to gain distance from being the "Moonbeam" governor to becoming California's version of "Father Knows Best." Recently, Governor Brown has wrestled with California's higher education leadership over the need...

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Beyond the Test Score Myth

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 4:31 PM

Kyle Cooper, Jewls Lagmna, Kristel Estoque and Faviolanny Rath are typical students at Long Beach City College (LBCC). They did pretty well in high school, they are one of the first in their families to go to college, they grew up in low to moderate-income households and they aspire to...

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It's About Jobs, Not Big Bird

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 4:10 PM

As pundits clash over whether President Obama or Mitt Romney won the debate, voters are focused on job growth and the economy. Simply put, it's all about jobs. At Long Beach City College (LBCC), located in southern California, we agree. We have partnered with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses...

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Why California Community Colleges Must Succeed

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 12:32 PM

Imagine a state that generates a gross domestic product (GDP) that would make it the 9th largest economy in the world. A state that has seen tremendous population growth in the last 25 years, skyrocketing property values and is home to some of the best known tech firms and entertainment...

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The Test-Score Myth

(11) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 7:01 PM

Leaders in higher education throughout the nation are quick to lament that too many high school graduates are not college-ready. On the surface, this appears to be true, especially if you use English and math placement test results for newly enrolled community college students as your primary gauge. In Long...

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