GIA Insights

Growing Inland Achievement regularly engages in research activities to better understand issues facing K-16 education and the workforce in the Inland Empire. Please see some of our articles, whitepapers, studies, and presentations below. If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to get in touch with GIA’s Director of Research, Sorrel Stielstra, at [email protected].



September, 2022

The Inland Empire Student Enrollment and Persistence Study aims to understand experiences of young adults in the Inland Empire who had planned/hoped to complete college but did not.

Denied a Seat: Projected Shortfalls in Postsecondary Enrollment Capacity in the Inland Empire by 2030

February, 2022

By 2030, the shortfall in enrollment capacity at Inland Empire postsecondary institutions could potentially result in thousands of qualified students being denied a seat, with a disproportionate impact on low-income and students of color. Expanding on work undertaken by College Futures Foundation to analyze regional postsecondary capacity challenges across California, we created a simulation tool to predict demand for higher education in the IE in the next decade according to different levels of student preparation.

Teens and College: Inland Empire Student Perceptions, Plans, and Obstacles

December, 2021

Is college still valuable in the eyes of Inland Empire teens? An innovative “multimodal cognitive method” study provides insights on teen student perceptions of the value of college today and their knowledge of colleges, majors, and information resources. The study includes surprising insights and opportunities for positive small and large-scale impacts.

The state of Latino education in the inland Empire

July, 2021

Did you know that 33 out of 100 Latino adults (25+) in the Inland Empire have not attained a high school degree? That is just one of several key findings GIA President & CEO Dr. Carlos Ayala shares in his presentation on The State of Latino Education in the Inland Empire.

Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Inland Empire Community College Achievement

November, 2020

Inland Empire / Desert community college students who successfully transferred to a public or private university share their experiences navigating this process. During in-depth conversations, the students highlight the challenges they faced and the strategies they used to overcome them at various stages of their transfer journey. In addition, they share experiences about preparing for community college, maneuvering the community college system, managing external factors, and actualizing transfer.

University Students Share Feedback Amid the Global Pandemic

November, 2020

Two student groups in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside, share stories about pursuing graduate education goals amid the global pandemic. They discuss challenges students face, including the transformation of daily routines, difficulties navigating remote learning, and escalating mental health struggles.

A Collaborative, Regional Response to Covid-19: Preserving the Educational Future of Students in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

As a result of the closure of schools, teachers, administrators, counselors, and parents were all in the same storm facing the potential loss of students’ educational dreams. In a remarkable, aligned effort, members of the GIA Action Network Teams came together to create the Postsecondary Taskforce to address the situation. There had to be a way to keep the high school class of 2020 on track, heading toward achieving their dreams. Considering the short timeline from the end of March to the end of May, when most high school students would finish the school year, the task force had to act quickly.

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