- California’s Community College Students
In this issue of California Counts, we examine the community college population in California. Why do students attend, and how do their goals differ in relation to their demographics? Which students achieve their objectives for attending community college? Who returns for a second year, who transfers to a four-year institution, and who obtains a degree or certificate? Answers to these questions provide a basic yet essential backdrop for understanding how community colleges serve California’s diverse population.
- Can Community Colleges Protect Both Access and Standards?
- ACT National Curriculum Survey, 2005-2006
ACT surveys thousands of middle school/junior high school, secondary, and postsecondary1 teachers in English/writing, reading (including English language arts and social studies teachers), mathematics, and science for the purpose of determining what skills and knowledge are currently being taught that are considered important for success at each grade level for college readiness.
- Improving College Readiness of Community College Students
Most students who enter California Community Colleges (CCC) lack sufficient reading, writing, and mathematics skills to undertake college-level work. Thus, one of the CCC system’s core missions is to provide pre-collegiate “basic skills” instruction to these students. In this report, we find that a large percentage of students do not overcome their basic skills deficiencies during their time at CCC. We identify a number of state policies that we believe stand in the way of student success, and recommend several structural and system-wide changes designed to help increase preparedness and achievement among community college students.
- Report on The System’s Current Programs in English as A Second Language (ESL) and Basic Skills, 12-19-07
- The System Strategic Plan for the California Community Colleges
This publication provides a comprehensive road map for improving student access and success. The Plan addresses the major demographic, economic and educational challenges that California will face over the coming decades. It presents clear system goals, specific strategies and implementation measures, as well as methods for assessing implementation and ensuring the Plan’s ongoing renewal. Developed through consultation with the College’s educational leaders and external partners.
- Rethinking Remedial Education
Across California, community college leaders are writing action plans for improving so-called “basic skills” (otherwise known as remedial or developmental) and English as a Second Language education as part of a system-wide initiative. Foundations have poured in funds to improve instruction and the scaffolding that supports it. And in the classrooms, often with foundation support, faculty are talking about developmental education in new ways, re-imagining what it is and how to do it, and experimenting with curricular innovations — with the goal of creating models for other instructors operating in solitude behind their classrooms’ closed doors.
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