2023 Excellence in Placement Awards

May 31st

The Campaign for College Opportunity is proud to recognize a record 56 California Community Colleges as part of the second annual Excellence in Placement awards. Community college campuses will be honored for implementing landmark placement policy AB 705, championed by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and signed into law in 2017. 

Prior to AB 705, the vast majority of incoming community college students were being placed into remedial math and English courses that ultimately discouraged and derailed students on their college journeys. Over a decade of research has shown that students’ likelihood of earning a degree decreases when they start college in remedial courses. 

“As we celebrate the record number of California community colleges that are placing students in transfer-level courses, we must remember that equity and success for all students, particularly Black and Latinx students, must be at the forefront of our efforts. These colleges are leading the way in providing equitable access to higher education and ensuring that we break down barriers to student success,” said Michele Siqueiros, president of the Campaign for College Opportunity. “By providing students with the support and resources they need, we are making it clear that their college dreams are a priority, and we are helping to build a stronger, more prosperous California. Afterall, California succeeds when students complete college and earn a degree, certificate or transfer to a university as a result of a stronger and smoother pathway.”

See the full rankings here.

View the gallery here.

We congratulate the record 56 #PlacementExcellence community college honorees. 

2023 Honorees 

Champions of Excellence in Placement

Equity Champion of Excellence in Placement