Both faculty leaders and members of the Board of Governors – the group that oversees the 114-campus system – said the process for creating an online college is rushed and expressed skepticism about the merits of a fully online college program.
Under a proposed bill headed to the governor’s desk that passed unanimously in the state Legislature, many more Community College students may soon avoid remedial courses by taking college-level courses that prepare them for a degree or transfer to a four-year university.
The first of five hearings around the state starts to examine the 1960 plan that governs the missions of UC, CSU and community colleges. Legislators say it is time for some changes but that it could take years to develop concrete reforms.
Assembly Higher Education committee unanimously passes the bill, which advocates say will improve graduation rates. If approved by the full Legislature and governor, the measure would require community colleges to place students in credit classes unless there is a high probability of failure.