VIDEO: A New Era of Student Access at California’s Community Colleges

Monday, November 23, 2020

Until recently, most community college students started in remedial courses that slowed down or halted their academic progress. A landmark law (AB 705) has dramatically expanded student access to the math and English courses needed to transfer to a four-year college. How has AB 705 affected students’ chances of completing these courses? Have racial equity gaps narrowed? PPIC researcher Olga Rodriguez presents findings from a new report, and a panel of experts discusses how to further advance student success and equity in the AB 705 era.

The discussion is moderated by PPIC researcher Marisol Cuellar Mejia, and the panelists are Aisha Lowe, vice chancellor of educational services at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office; Virginia May, professor of mathematics at Sacramento City College and vice president of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges; and Myra Snell, professor of mathematics at Los Medanos College and cofounder of the California Acceleration Project.

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