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Past · December 9, 2021

Community College Math in California’s New Era of Student Access

Virtual Event

December 9, 2021 · 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


About the Program

Over the past few years, a landmark law (AB 705) has required California’s community colleges to move away from remedial courses, dramatically expanding student access to the math and English courses needed to transfer to a four-year college. How has the pandemic affected these reforms? Is AB 705 leading to better—and more equitable—student outcomes? PPIC researcher Cesar Alesi Perez will outline new findings, and a panel of experts will talk about promoting equity and student success in the AB 705 era.

This research and event are supported with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Sutton Family Fund, and the William T. Grant Foundation.


11:00 a.m. Welcome and Presentation
Cesar Alesi Perez, research associate, PPIC Higher Education Center

11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Hans Johnson, center director and senior fellow, 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
Myra Snell, professor of mathematics, Los Medanos College

11:45 a.m. Audience Q&A

12:00 p.m. Adjourn


Hans Johnson

Public Policy Institute of California

Aisha N. Lowe

California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

Virginia May

Sacramento City College

Cesar Alesi Perez

Public Policy Institute of California

Myra Snell

Los Medanos College



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