California Competes

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About us

Founded in 2010, California Competes is a nonpartisan, nonprofit project aimed at bolstering the state’s postsecondary outcomes to foster vibrant communities and an engaged citizenry. We seek to develop and implement policy recommendations to improve higher education in California. While we operate to benefit the general public, we are particularly concerned with preserving access to the state’s higher education system for students and ensuring that the state’s economic development needs are met by producing the degrees and credentials most likely to support a robust economy.  To accomplish our goals we are guided by an esteemed Council of California business and civic leaders representing the demand side of higher education – the people who experience first-hand the importance of having a critical mass of well-educated Californians whose talent matches the demands of the 21st century.

California Competes is one of four signature projects of the Opportunity Institute, a new public policy think tank that aims to promote social mobility, combat inequality, and promote equity. We do so primarily by pressing for change in education, broadly understood, and in related aspects of social policy and individual behavior. We conduct policy research, policy development and place-based projects addressing several aspects of the cradle-to-career opportunity by working on both issue-oriented ideas and place-based implementation. Our work reaches around the country, with special attention to California, our base.  Comprised of four divisions, the Senior Research Analyst will largely focus on data systems and research issues spanning K-12 and postsecondary education. 



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Berkeley, CA, US

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