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Past · November 20, 2020

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

Virtual Event

November 20, 2020 · 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


About the Program

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 will present findings from a new report, and a panel of experts will discuss how to further advance student success and equity in the AB 705 era.

This research and event are supported with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the College Futures Foundation, the ECMC Foundation, the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, and the Sutton Family Fund.


11:00 a.m.   Welcome and Presentation
Olga Rodriguez, research fellow, PPIC Higher Education Center

11:15 a.m.   Panel Discussion
Moderator: Marisol Cuellar Mejia, senior research associate, PPIC Higher Education Center
Aisha Lowe, vice chancellor of educational services, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
Virginia May, professor of mathematics, Sacramento City College, and vice president, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Myra Snell, professor of mathematics, Los Medanos College, and co-founder, the California Acceleration Project

11:45 a.m.   Audience Q&A

12:00 p.m.   Adjourn


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