California: Perform or pay

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the Student Success Act, which cuts off fee waivers for students who fall below a C average for two semesters in a row and requires colleges to provide orientation, assessment, placement, counseling and education planning help to new students. At least two-thirds of students qualify for fee waivers. Full tuition has risen to $46 per unit, still below the national average. The bill was amended to remove a provision cutting off waivers for students who’ve already earned 110 credits.

In addition, community colleges will report the academic performance of students with breakdowns by race and socioeconomic status.

It’s hoped students will move more quickly to achieve their goals, freeing up spaces in a system that now places nearly half a million students on wait lists for the classes they need.

In addition, Brown signed bills expanding digital access to free college textbooks.

Brice Harris, who leads the Los Rios Community College District near Sacramento, was named the new chancellor of California Community Colleges.


POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON September 28, 2012

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John Rankin

Community colleges will report the academic performance of students with breakdowns by race and socioeconomic status – does this not suggest another agenda?

Why consider race or economic status UNLESS you are considering an agenda to elevate one race above another, or one economic class above another? Martin Luther King had a dream that our children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Yet here is the political party of supposed tolerance & diversity pitting one race against another, one economic class against another, and calling it “fairness”.

Why not just raise the ACADEMIC level of instruction and teach kids of all colors and economic stature how to do at least basic math and English language skills before they leave college?

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