PROVIDE ALL CALIFORNIANS ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION AND TRAINING
A postsecondary degree or certificate is increasingly essential for a middle class life and recent studies suggest that unless California increases the share of residents with postsecondary credentials, the state will soon face a skills shortage. Yet most Californians lack the basic English and math skills they need to enter or succeed in college or other high quality training programs. And the system that provides basic skills education in California is disjointed and outdated, so it fails a great many of those it serves.
The EDGE Campaign works with policymakers, administrators, and practitioners to implement policies and practices that research suggests support success for basic skills students and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of programs and of the system overall. This includes more tightly integrating the programs now offered by the three major delivery systems: the Adult Education of the California Department of Education and both the credit and noncredit basic skills programs of the California Community Colleges.