SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation aimed at improving student outcomes at California's 112 community colleges.
The bill signed into law Thursday is part of a broader initiative by California Community Colleges to help more students earn degrees, advance in their careers and transfer to four-year institutions.
Under SB1456 by Sen. Alan Lowenthal, a Democrat from Long Beach:
- All students will receive support services to help them reach their educational goals.
- Colleges must report the academic progress of all students broken down by race and socio-economic status.
- Students must meet minimum academic standards to receive fee waivers based on their economic need.
Over the past three years, California's community colleges have drastically reduced enrollment, cut courses and staff, and raised tuition in response to deep budget cuts.
The Associated Press