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The California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) was established by the California State Legislature in 1984 with a specific goal: to improve the academic quality of public secondary schools, thereby ensuring every student in California is prepared for college.

Administered by the CSU in cooperation with the University of California, the California Community Colleges, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), and Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), this collaborative program focuses on schools with low numbers of students entering college and supports partnerships that improve the academic preparation and college readiness of California students.

Projects are distributed throughout the state to guarantee access and support schools in rural, urban and suburban areas. Projects include:

  • improving instruction of explanatory reading and writing through collaborative work with teachers, giving teachers a head start on Common Core State Standards implementation
  • helping high school principals examine and implement best practices that address educational equity and result in optimal learning
  • building teacher and administrator understanding of assessment processes to improve student preparation for and performance in Algebra 1, aligning this work to Common Core State Standards

CAPP also supports the statewide intersegmental Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project (MDTP) and the Alliance of Regional Collaboration to Heighten Educational Success (ARCHES), which was initiated by CAPP to improve public education and close the achievement gap through regional pre-K-through-college collaboration.


CAPP Advisory Committee, Staff & Directors


Pursuant to statute, the Chancellor of the California State University has established an advisory committee to assist in selecting proposals to be funded and developing criteria for project evaluation. Appointments to the Advisory Committee are made by the following:

  • Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges (two appointments)
  • Chancellor of the California State University (two appointments)
  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction (four appointments)
  • Student Aid Commission (one appointment)
  • President of the University of California (two appointments)

Learn more about the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act.


California Academic Partnership Program
California State University, Office of the Chancellor
401 Golden Shore, 6th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: 562-951-4780
E-mail: CAPP Staff


CAPP Advisory Committee


CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES
Brandi Asmus
Woodland Community College, Woodland

Jeff Spano
California Community Colleges

Chancellor's Office, Sacramento

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Chair
CSU Northridge

Kate Esposito

CSU Dominguez Hills

STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
Peter Batkin
Kit Carson Middle School, Sacramento City Unified School District

Vice Chair
Oak Avenue Intermediate School, Temple City Unified School District

Ed Samuels
Hughes Middle School, Long Beach Unified School District

Yadira Gonzalez
Theodore Roosevelt High School, Fresno Unified School District

STUDENT AID COMMISSION
Diana Perez
Central Coast Cal-SOAP, Santa Maria

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Stephanie Ly Reyes-Tuccio
UC Irvine

Robert Cooper
UCLA, Graduate School of Education

& Information Studies

LIAISONS
Penny Edgert
CA Education Round Table, Sacramento

Intersegmental Coordinating Committee

Elizabeth Halimah
UC Office of the President, Oakland

Vacant
California Department of Education, Sacramento

Marquita Grenot-Scheyer
CSU Office of the Chancellor, Teacher Ed & Public School

Jeff Spano
California Community Colleges

Chancellor's Office, Sacramento

CAPP STAFF
Zulmara Cline
Statewide CAPP Director

Daba Asemebo
Senior Manager

Emil Bautista
Fiscal & Grants Manager

PROJECT DIRECTORS
Robert Cooper
Project Director, College Going Culture (CGC)

Robyn Fisher
Project Director, CAPP Demonstration Partnership (CDP)

Nina Moore
Project Director, CAPP Leadership Network

PARTNERSHIP DIRECTORS
Kimberly Samaniego
Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project (MDTP), UC San Diego

Sharon Twitty
Alliance for Regional Collaboration to Heighten Educational Success (ARCHES)


Archived Grants

Expository Literacy Grant

​This grant involved 13 lower-performing high schools and aimed to prepare more diverse high school graduates for college-level coursework.

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High School Leadership Initiative Grant

​This project developed more courageous high school principals focused on educational equity.

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