CSU’s - Engines of Social Mobility

Gary Toebben

December 5, 2017

At the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, we know that education is the foundation of upward mobility and essential to developing a high quality workforce for the growing businesses in our region. That’s why we are so excited about the results of the 2017 Social Mobility Index, and the superb rankings of the five California State University campuses in Los Angeles County. 

This report studied 1,363 colleges and universities in the U.S. and their record of preparing economically disadvantaged students to graduate from college and go on to obtain good paying jobs. All five California State University (CSU) campuses at Dominguez Hills, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge and Pomona (known as the CSU5) rank in the top 100.

This is not the first time our local CSUs have garnered national recognition for their success in creating economic opportunity for Angelenos of all backgrounds. Earlier this year, Cal State L.A. and Cal Poly Pomona came in No. 1 and No. 9, respectively, in a national study of college mobility rates published by The New York Times, beating out schools like Harvard and Princeton. 

Our Chamber members, large and small, often talk about the need for more skilled talent in their growing companies. This is true across industry sectors, from advanced manufacturing and information technology, to healthcare and education. The need for a strong pipeline of educated workers is particularly urgent today as baby boomers retire and global competition is a reality for almost every business. 

That is why we initiated the L.A. Compact 10 years ago, and it's why we work every day with the CSU5 and other local institutions to address pressing workforce needs. In a new initiative, the Chamber’s Center for Education Excellence & Talent Development is partnering with CSUN and three community colleges in the San Fernando Valley to help adults with “some college, but no degree” obtain their associate degrees and advance to better jobs. Together, we are designing educational opportunities that respond to labor market demands and improve access to economic and social mobility.

Our local CSU campuses have demonstrated time and time again that a quality education opens doors of opportunity and yields dividends for employers and future generations. That’s a smart investment for California that we should all get behind.

And that's The Business Perspective.



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