College Next California

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A Regional Approach for Student Success

We know that most students study and work in the region they call home and that their economic success is increasingly dependent on earning a college certificate or degree. College Next California brings K-12 districts together with community colleges and California State University (CSU) campuses throughout a region to smooth the pathway from high school to college and career. By creating a pipeline through which data follows students as they move from K-12 to postsecondary, and by helping students develop and launch a plan for life after high school, College Next California empowers students with options for their future.

Our Goals

Help all high school students graduate with clear postsecondary goals that are supported by a well-informed plan for how to achieve them.

Ensure students’ academic transcript data follows them as they advance from K-12 into higher education to support important decisions about admissions and enrollment, academic course placement, and financial aid.

How It Works

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Established with support from the chancellors’ offices of the California Community Colleges (CCC) and California State University, College Next California helps K-12 districts in selected regions gain access to all the data-driven functionality available on

Students will experience easier transitions as they move from high school into college and career when their districts take a unified approach to the adoption of throughout each College Next California region. These benefits are particularly meaningful to student populations that are often excluded from college and postsecondary training. Educators also gain access to the tools and resources they need to facilitate meaningful conversations about the future that can change students’ lives.

STUDENTS can complete career assessments, explore college and career options, track their academic progress and college eligibility, launch applications for college and financial aid, and access a wealth of dependable, up-to-date information and curricula on college, career, and financial aid planning.

PARENTS can track progress on college- and career-planning activities and tools to increase “a-g” completion.

K-12 EDUCATORS AND COLLEGE ACCESS STAFF can track students individually or in the aggregate to inform guidance interventions and promote a college-going culture.