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California College Promise: Program Characteristics and Perceptions from the Field

By Mary Rauner, Laura Perna, Martha Kanter

With Thomas Torre Gibney, Tangela Blakely Reavis, Amelia Smith


This report from WestEd’s California College Promise Project (CCPP) describes the College Promise landscape in California, including the number of College Promise programs, features of those programs, and general perceptions of College Promise programs held by practitioners, leaders, and policymakers.

The report is based on a statewide scan of the 42 College Promise programs that were active in fall 2017 and summarizes the perspectives of over 150 survey and interview respondents. CCPP presented participants with nine questions, including:

  • How do you define College Promise?
  • To what extent do you think College Promise is here to stay and why?
  • In what ways do you think College Promise programs do or could impact student outcomes?

A key finding: California’s College Promise programs not only provide financial aid to assist students, but in many cases, offer academic support and student services, outreach and messaging, and program partnerships.

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Copyright: 2018
Format: PDF
Pages: 40
Publisher: WestEd