California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 770


Introduced by Assembly Member Irwin

February 25, 2015


An act relating to community colleges.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 770, as introduced, Irwin. Community colleges: basic skills and innovation strategies.

Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Existing law authorizes the establishment of community college districts under the administration of community college governing boards, and authorizes these districts to provide instruction at community college campuses throughout the state.

This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to provide more opportunities for campuses of the California Community Colleges to participate in basic skills innovation strategies that have demonstrated effectiveness in improving student success and in increasing the number of underprepared students who complete college-level English and mathematics courses.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

The Legislature finds and declares all of the
2following:

P2    1(a) Over 70 percent of students enrolling, for the first time, in
2courses offered by campuses of the California Community Colleges
3are classified as underprepared for college-level work and in need
4of remediation.

5(b) National research has found that, regardless of incoming
6preparation levels, the more semesters of remediation students are
7required to take, the less likely those students are to complete
8college-level English and mathematics courses, which are gateway
9courses to most postsecondary degree and credential programs,
10and for transfer to four-year postsecondary institutions.

11(c) Research in California has demonstrated that relatively few
12students who enter remediation ultimately attain a postsecondary
13degree, credential, or transfer to a four-year institution, and that
14students of color are disproportionately affected.

15(d) Drawing on national initiatives aimed at increasing student
16completion of college-level English and mathematics courses,
17efforts in California have demonstrated the success of innovative
18ways to deliver English and mathematics remediation.

19(e) In those pilot efforts, students’ odds of completing
20college-level English courses more than double, and their odds of
21completing college-level mathematics courses are more than four
22times higher in comparison to students in traditional remediation.
23However, at most community college campuses, these new
24approaches are offered on a small scale and are not available to
25most students.

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SEC. 2.  

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation
27to provide more opportunities for campuses of the California
28Community Colleges to participate in basic skills innovation
29strategies that have demonstrated effectiveness in improving
30student success and increasing the number of underprepared
31students who complete college-level English and mathematics
32courses.



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