With eight weeks to go before the start of classes, Calbright College faces questions on whether it will be ready.
Its new president says it plans to launch online and job training for 400 students.
California Community Colleges board of governors extended the contract for Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley despite objections from faculty members.
The college has returned to local control more than 13 years after losing its accreditation and merging with El Camino College.
The budget provides an increase to 41,000 Cal Grants for older students to pay tuition. Advocates say more help is needed and hope for bigger reforms next year.
Since the new school is not only online, its name is changing. "Calbright College" seeks to evoke California and a better future.
Gov. Newsom said college students who are parents of dependent children deserve a special helping hand. But legislators say they want to aid a wider group of older students.
Faculty complain they have been ignored in important changes at the 115 colleges. Community college leaders say change can be challenging.
Much debate is ahead about legislation to expand Cal Grants beyond tuition costs. Gov. Newsom says state must balance different needs.
More colleges open shops to provide students with free professional attire for work interviews, internships and new jobs.
Very different from traditional community colleges, it targets 8 million underemployed Californians and aims to be tuition-free.
Longitudinal system that connects K-12 and higher ed could help more students complete college.
Community colleges remain a long way from the 2021-22 targets for students to complete degrees and transfer to UC or CSU.
With only a third of black adults earning a degree, the report urges colleges to get more students to come back and finish.
California community college students are getting free tuition, laptops and textbooks as colleges spend $46 million in state “free tuition” funds.
President and CEO named for California's new online community college