Student participation and success in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) varies significantly, both in enrollment and degree completion. Women and underrepresented minority (URM) students complete STEM degrees at lower rates, despite interest in these fields. Closing these gaps and improving outcomes for all students are essential to ensuring equitable access to STEM careers and helping California meet future workforce needs. To respond to this challenge, Assembly Bill 1809 established the California Education Learning Lab (“Learning Lab”), a state-funded grantmaking organization charged with improving learning outcomes and closing equity gaps across California’s public higher education segments.
Learning Lab supports innovation in higher education pedagogy through intersegmental grants to California’s public colleges and universities. Our funded projects leverage technology tools and the science of human learning to create better online and hybrid learning environments, and empower faculty in their teaching mission to find solutions that work best for California’s diverse student population.
Learning Lab is an initiative of the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and is administered in partnership with the Foundation for California Community Colleges as part of the State’s vision to grow and sustain a highly educated workforce that can meet the challenges of our changing world.
We operate on the premise that all students are capable learners with potential for success given the right conditions, supports, and motivations. We believe that faculty are our greatest resource in helping students meet their goals, and that innovation begins with them.
To pursue our mission of closing equity gaps and fostering student success, the Learning Lab spreads innovative, scalable, effective practices in higher education, builds on local communities of learning, and supports both faculty and students in achieving their goals for higher education by leveraging the unique expertise and talent within California’s public colleges and universities.
Learning Lab Staff
Program Development Officer
Program Development Officer
Senior Director, Foundation for California Community Colleges
2020–2021 Advisory Council
Candace Marie Thille
Director of Learning Science, Amazon.com, Inc.
ETS Board of Trustees
Dean’s Professor in Educational Equity & University Professor, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California
James T. Minor
Assistant Vice Chancellor & Senior Strategist, CSU Office of the Chancellor
Director of Collaborative Impact Programs, Foundation for California Community Colleges
Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning,
Dean of Undergraduate Education & Professor of Physics and Astronomy,
President, Bakersfield College
Founder and CEO, Concentric Sky
Co-Founder, Light At Play