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Testimony: Increasing Community College Transfers

By Hans Johnson

In testimony for the Regents of the University of California, PPIC’s Hans Johnson discusses progress in increasing community college transfers and ways to further improve the transfer pathway.


What Happens When Colleges Broaden Access to Transfer-Level Courses? Evidence from California’s Community Colleges

By Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Olga Rodriguez, Hans Johnson

California community colleges that have significantly expanded access to transfer-level courses—important steps toward degrees and transfers to four-year schools—have seen increased student success, particularly in English. Prompted by a new law (AB 705), placement and curricular reforms are now being enacted system-wide; it will be important to monitor their impact.

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Reforming California’s Community College System

By Hans Johnson, Olga Rodriguez, Marisol Cuellar Mejia

Community colleges are implementing a number of reforms designed to help more students get a degree or a certificate or transfer to a four-year institution.


English as a Second Language in California’s Community Colleges

By Olga Rodriguez, Sarah Bohn, Laura Hill, Bonnie Brooks

English language proficiency can facilitate social and economic mobility for non-native speakers—and California’s community colleges are key providers of ESL education. Now that a new law is motivating colleges across the state to reexamine their ESL programs, we need a better understanding of ESL students and the policies that help them succeed.

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Helping Community College Students Succeed

By Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Olga Rodriguez, Hans Johnson

California’s community colleges are moving toward system-wide implementation of concurrent remedial support for students in transfer-level classes. Early evidence suggests that such “co-requisite” support increases course completion.

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Serving California’s Diverse College Students

By Sergio Sanchez, Hans Johnson

California is enrolling more historically underserved students in the state's public higher education systems, but helping them to graduate in four years remains a big challenge.

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