An innovative project at San Jose State University’s Department of Justice Studies is helping bridge the gap between tomorrow’s criminal justice leaders and those affected by mass incarceration.
Formerly incarcerated scholar and Soros Fellow Danny Murillo asks, what role do formerly incarcerated students play in challenging the stigma of incarceration, advocating for policy change and seeking social justice? Through the development of a statewide network, he seeks to amplify their voices to advocate and implement an equitable system of higher education for all.
Renewing Communities is dedicated to ensuring that currently and formerly incarcerated students are welcomed into and effectively served by our state's public higher education system, now and into the future. The initiative is based on two years of research and human-centered design, and will run from 2016 through the end of 2019.
Improving college readiness in math is a priority for education systems nationally. In California, about three-quarters of community college students are placed into remedial math courses, and about a third of students bound for the California State University system are not considered proficient in math upon finishing high school.
The Opportunity Institute is proud to announce that our Dr. Lande Ajose has been appointed by the Governor to the Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education. The prize rewards community colleges for programs that increase degree attainment, transfer rates, and time-to-degree in meaningful and creative ways.