Students ambassadors from Santa Ana College attend the OpenEd conference in Anaheim, CA. Students (left to right) are Eduardo Guapilla, Michelle Maldonado, Eileen Zavala, John Dianito, and Luisa Ortez.

College Promise & Open Educational Resources: A Winning Combination

By Hal Plotkin, Senior Open Policy Fellow at Creative Commons USA This post was previously posted on This week is Open Education Week, when members of Open Education Consortium come together to showcase what they’re doing to make education more open, free, and available to everyone. When Melissa Hoch was in her mid-40’s, newly divorced, […]

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How A Filmmaker Found His Voice in Community College

By Alexander Shebanow, a documentary filmmaker and director of Fail State, an expansive documentary exposé on predatory for-profit colleges and worsening inequality in American higher education This post was previously posted on In 2009, I graduated high school with mediocre grades, mediocre SAT scores, a too-good-for-college-stubbornness, and a half-hatched plan to move to Los Angeles […]


Biden Foundation – Annual Report 2017

The College Promise Campaign is proud to partner with the Biden Foundation to advance our nation’s community colleges. Read more about the work of the Biden Foundation in their 2017 Annual Report.   “Community colleges represent the American drive to lift ourselves up, and they offer a direct pathway to the middle class. As a community […]


College Promise Is Helping Students. Here’s How.

By Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, President of Skyline College, is a guest contributor for the College Promise Campaign This post was previously posted on At Skyline College, we understand and fundamentally believe completing college is the most significant step people can take to improve their life circumstances. We know that the basics of higher […]


Seven Mayors Championing Free Community College

By Brenna Parker, Digital Coordinator for College Promise This post was previously posted on This week, mayors from across the country are gathering in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting. They will address a broad range of pressing issues in their communities, but among the most urgent topics they will […]

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ACT Launches 2018 Policy Platforms

This article was previously posted on Diverse Education. ACT has released four new policy platforms geared to promote education and workplace access for students and to align the nation’s education and workforce systems to meet their needs. At a Tuesday morning “Aligning Our Education and Workforce Systems: A Look Ahead” panel session in Washington, D.C., […]

Mayor Tubbs presents a check for $20 million to Stockton Scholars.

Growing Roses From Concrete In Stockton, California

By Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton, California This post was previously posted on When I took the oath of office in January of 2017, from the stage of the Bob Hope Theater, I told the citizens of Stockton, California, that if we worked together, we could achieve anything. Only twelve months later, I stood […]


Helping More Minority Students Get To Community College

By Maya White. Maya White is a graduate student at The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, pursuing a MPS in Legislative Affairs. This fall, she worked as the Outreach and Advocacy fellow for the College Promise Campaign. This post was previously posted on Far too few minority students pursue or complete […]

Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden host guests at a holiday party reception in the Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, December 10, 2013. (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

From Community College To The White House (And Back Again!)

By James Schuelke, Senior Director of Advocacy & Engagement for the College Promise Campaign. This post was previously posted on From the White House to an Ivy League campus, I’ve been fortunate to spend time in some remarkable places—but none more so than a community college classroom. As a proud community college graduate, I […]


Three Years Of Progress On Free Community College

By Kyle Lierman, Founder and CEO of Civic Advisors. Previously, Kyle was a Senior Associate Director of Public Engagement and Senior Policy Advisor in the Obama White House. This post was previously posted on Three years ago, in his 2015 State of the Union, President Barack Obama unveiled America’s College Promise, an ambitious plan […]

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