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Finding the Opportunity in Crisis

Promoting Community College Student Success--Jack Scott, California Community Colleges
Nov 10, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-800)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Deep budget cuts over the past two years have taken a heavy toll on the California Community Colleges and California public education as a whole. The impacts of reduced funding on community college course offerings and student support services have been severe. While daunting, these challenges have only increased the need for the California Community Colleges to innovate and develop more effective and efficient strategies to help students achieve their educational objectives. To this end, the California Community Colleges are currently implementing two fundamental reform efforts. Enacted in 2010, Senate Bill 1440 (Padilla) simplified the transfer pathway for community college students to the California State University system while providing them with guaranteed admission at junior standing and an associate degree. Senate Bill 1143 (Liu), also enacted in 2010, created a Student Success Task Force charged with developing a strategic blueprint to increase student retention and degree completion rates of community college students in California. Chancellor Scott will provide an update on these two important reform initiatives.

California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott is a former California State Senator, Assemblymember, and president of Cypress College and Pasadena City College.  In his role as Chancellor of the nation’s largest system of higher education, Dr. Scott provides leadership to 112 campuses which serve 2.76 million students and include nearly 90,000 faculty, staff, and administrators. As a legislator, Dr. Scott authored 146 bills that were signed into law including landmark measures that improved community college financing, eased the nursing shortage, and strengthened career technical education.  Dr. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in American history from Claremont Graduate University.

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