First, promising legislation we’ve sponsored, Assembly Bill 705 (Irwin), has made its way to the Governor’s desk! AB 705 ensures more students have access to college-level courses when they start community college by requiring colleges to use high school transcripts as a factor in determining course placement for college-level math and English. Transforming the way our colleges do placement can be the single greatest lever to improve the success of community college students, and we’re on the verge of history!
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The Bermuda Triangle of Credit Transfer
“Transfer maze” awaits California community college students, advocacy group says
By: Jessie Ryan, Executive Vice President, Campaign for College Opportunity
In honor of Mother’s Day, Executive Vice President, Jessie Ryan, shares the instrumental role her mother played in the work that she does today.
Last August, after courageously waging a two-year battle with cancer, my Mother passed away. She was my person. My source of unconditional love, laughter, and encouragement. A larger than life personality, that despite a life characterized by hardship was responsible for shaping me into the purpose-driven woman I am today. Read More
By: The Campaign for College Opportunity
Annaly Medrano is a 25 year-old Latina college student at San Bernardino Valley College, finishing her requirements to transfer to California State University, Sacramento. Her journey into higher education has been met with multiple obstacles, yet her passion for public policy and making a difference in the lives of future students has kept her motivated to complete her studies.
Annaly wasn’t able to complete her senior year of high school, but her mother encouraged her to attend community college to earn her GED. Entering community college was a turning point for Annaly and she began to thrive academically. During that time frame, Annaly also discovered a learning disability, which qualifies her to receive special accommodations while taking exams–something that had gone undetected through primary school, but could have made a difference in her life. Read More
A video of interview with new California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley
California Community College System Names Student Success Champion and First Latino Chancellor
Today, in a historic move, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors chose Eloy Ortiz Oakley to become the system’s next Chancellor. Oakley will be the first Latino to serve as Chancellor of a system that serves over 2.3 million students, 42% of whom are Latino.
“Eloy is a trailblazer,” said Campaign for College Opportunity President Michele Siqueiros, “He has been a statewide leader in improving community college student outcomes and closing equity gaps in those outcomes for underrepresented and low income students. Oakley is also a nationally recognized leader who brings a wealth of experience, a gift for building partnerships, a laser focus on equity, and a remarkable student-centered vision that will help ensure that significantly more California community colleges students realize their college dreams.”
Read the full Press Statement here.
Moorpark College Recognized for Excellence
‘Free college’ mantra embraced by California’s two-year schools
Capitol AM Alert: Checking on troubled California Public Utilities Commission