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TechEDge eNews Update
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 Written by Sandoval Chagoya Tuesday, 08 May 2012
PBS NewsHour recently aired a report on the California Community Colleges and the recommendations of the Student Success Task Force. The report looks closely at the issues facing the colleges today and is available from the task force Video Gallery.
The video gallery also includes a report about the Student Success Task Force that aired on CBS in Sacramento, and a video record of the town hall meetings and other public events surrounding the effort.
Here is the report, "California Community Colleges Face Dilemmas Amid Tighter Budgets," as it aired on April 10:
CCC Chancellor Jack Scott has been a proponent of the task force recommendations. “The resulting draft recommendations, sweeping in scope, constitute a bold plan for refocusing our colleges on student success,” Scott said.
The CCC Board of Governors approved the task force recommendations in January and the California legislature has already begun to take action.
According to the May 2012 Student Success Task Force Newsletter, "The Senate Education Committee voted 9-0 on April 18 in favor of legislation by Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) that would enact key portions of the Student Success Task Force recommendations. The Student Success Act of 2012 (SB 1456) would direct critical support services to students beginning their community college educational experience to increase their prospects for success."
The bill would:
- require that student success and support categorical funding be used to have students participate in a diagnostic assessment to ensure placement in the appropriate courses, receive an orientation and develop an education plan to guide them toward completion of their education program
- require colleges to post a "student success score card" on their campus web sites as a condition for receiving student success and support funds
- require colleges to use a system-wide online common assessment on their campuses once it is made available
- create incentives for students to identify their educational goals, take and pass the courses needed to complete a program and make academic progress in order to continue to receive a fee waiver
News about the ongoing effort, a comprehensive report and summary of the task force recommendations, and additional relevant materials are available at the Student Success Task Force website.<>
Sandoval Chagoya is the TechEDge Managing Editor and a Project Manager for the
California Community Colleges Technology Center and the California Virtual Campus.