Giving Compass’ Take:
· According to EdSource, California’s community colleges are going through a huge reform. Governor Jerry Brown and Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz-Oakley are working together to improve access to student resources and develop Guided Pathways to success for each individual.
· How are community colleges changing in America, and what role can nonprofits play in improving access for those looking for broader higher education options?
· Read more about improving the community college completion rate.
The urgency with which Gov. Jerry Brown, the Legislature and Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz-Oakley are moving to invest in and transform community colleges to better serve students is long overdue.
California community colleges are bastions of hope and opportunity for over 2.1 million students, three-fourths of whom are students of color, the majority of whom qualify for the California Promise grant and pay no fees. They bring their dreams of being the first in their families to go to college and earn a degree, certificate or transfer.
Unfortunately, too many of these talented students arrive at our community colleges and are met with practices that make it difficult to succeed. If they’re lucky, they secure a 30-minute appointment with a counselor who puts them on a clear pathway toward their goal. But, like winning the lottery, this prospect is slim.
Last year, Chancellor Oakley introduced a bold Vision for Success that outlines ambitious goals for improving college completion rates including increasing the number of transfer students to the University of California or California State University by 35 percent annually.
Under Gov. Brown, the state has invested heavily in community colleges to expand enrollment, improve transfer, improve remedial education and develop Guided Pathways for students that offer clarity and supports students need to reach their goals.
Read the full article about community college reforms by Michele Siqueiros at EdSource.
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