I don't know how to start this post without a series of "c's" but I'm long overdue for a mention of a cool coalition around California community college education called the Campaign for College Opportunity. The project is the brainchild of two former higher education exec's and a California state senator and brings together the education, Latino, business and religious communities to advocate for a long term plan to California's higher education needs. The state will have to find about 600,000 new seats for students over the next 10 years, in excess of what can be provided by current institutions.
Their ultimate goal is to get a long term plan for funding college in California, including firm commitments from the state legislature to stable funds over the next decade. In addition they've done some fun things to engage the state including a scholarship contest for k-12 students called "save me a spot in college."