After taking full effect last fall, AB 705 has transformed remedial education at California’s community colleges.
Two California community colleges stand out in efforts to help students take for-credit math courses instead of remedial courses.
The new law, which takes effect this fall, aims to move more students out of remedial math and English classes.
Community colleges remain a long way from the 2021-22 targets for students to complete degrees and transfer to UC or CSU.
The move helps students earn the credits needed to transfer to a University of California or California State University campus.
College of the Canyons has been a trailblazer for several years with its policy of placing more of its students in math classes that count for transfer instead of remedial courses.
Faculty sought a year's delay before dropping non-credit remedial courses but CSU went ahead this fall. So far, prospects seem promising.
While an estimated 80 percent of students in 2016 were placed in remedial education, “a majority of students will be placed directly into transfer-level courses” under the recommendations from the chancellor’s office.
Students do better in for-credit classes with extra support than when they are pushed into no-credit remedial algebra, studies show.
How students do in high school is a better indicator than proficiency tests to determine if they are ready for college-level courses.
California state universities replace remedial English composition with a new model that takes two semesters and offers academic credit for both.
The Chancellor's Office must work with the faculty to implement changes to remedial and general education courses in the California State University System.
Faculty want more time to adjust courses and get ready for changes. Cal State administration says campuses can apply for extensions on some portions of the reform plan.
Faculty wants a one-year delay to discuss reforms that include dropping no-credit remedial classes and allowing students to fulfill math requirements that don't need Algebra II skills.
Despite recent changes at the college level, more needs to be done in K-12 schools.