Growing Inland Achievement is a collective impact collaborative focused on improving the long-term economic outlook of the region through improving the educational attainment rates of the Inland Empire.
The Inland Empire is one of the most populous regions in California, with 4.5 million people, yet its students are less likely to earn college degrees. According to recent data from College Futures Foundation, for every 1,000 high school freshmen in the Inland Empire, only 151 will complete a BA degree. The regional poverty rate is 17.5%, and the median household income is $56,087 according to Data USA.
Through a $5 million Governor’s Innovation Award in Higher Education secured by California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), in partnership with the University of California, Riverside (UCR), Chaffey College, Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP), OneFuture Coachella Valley, Riverside Community College District, San Bernardino and Riverside County Superintendents, and other stakeholders on behalf of the region, Growing Inland Achievement is committed to building a cross-sector collaborative that creates a well-educated workforce, thriving communities, and a vibrant economy.
Regional GIA Goals
Align educational policy and initiatives regionally via a bi-county cradle-to-career collective impact model.
Increase college preparedness, particularly in math, resulting in a 20% reduction in the number of students requiring remediation at matriculation from high school to college within 5 years.
Increase baccalaureate, associate, certificate, and credential attainment by 15% across the two counties within 5 years.
Increase the number of students completing the baccalaureate degree within 6 years by 10% across the two counties within 5 years.
Improve career preparedness through strengthened partnership with industry to better align education with workforce development needs.