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Broadening Access to Transfer-Level Courses at California’s Community Colleges

The California Community Colleges are undertaking a range of efforts to boost the number of students earning degrees and transferring to four-year universities. Assembly Bill (AB) 705, which focuses on getting students into transfer-level courses, is an especially important reform. What kind of changes might we expect to see in the AB 705 era?

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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.


Modernizing California’s Education Data System

By Jacob Jackson, Kevin Cook

Unlike most other states, California lacks a data system that can follow students from K–12 schools to college and into the workforce. Linking data across sectors would help policymakers and educational leaders promote student success and institutional effectiveness.

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New Reforms at California Community Colleges

By Olga Rodriguez

New reforms in California's community colleges could make placement policies more uniform and transparent, with potential to improve student outcomes and narrow achievement gaps.

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