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Update: Merced College's Duran named chair of statewide student success panel

Merced College said its president, Benjamin T. Duran, has been named chairman of a statewide effort to chart a new vision for student success in California community colleges

The Commission on the Future, a leadership panel of state educators working under the banner of the Community College League of California, will develop the “2020 Vision for Student Success,” an effort that will increase student success in achieving education and career goals, the college said in a news release.

According to the league, a study by the Public Policy Institute of California found that state employers will need 41 percent of the workforce to have college degrees by 2025. However, the study also indicates the current trend of graduates will provide only 34 percent. The Commission on the Future is tasked with bridging that gap, the news release continued.

“I am both honored and excited about being asked to chair this very important commission which is uniquely positioned to provide a dialogue that will convey to legislators, the community college community and the public at large, the direction that California's community colleges should take in the future,” Duran said.

The Community College League of California described itself as a nonprofit public advocacy group working on behalf of the state’s 110 community college campuses.