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Drop algebra requirement for non-STEM majors, California community colleges chief says

 (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

The chancellor of the California Community Colleges system says intermediate algebra should no longer be required to earn an associate's degree — unless students are in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math.

Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, who heads the nation’s largest community college system of 114 campuses, told The Times that intermediate algebra is seen as a major barrier for students of color, preventing too many from completing degrees. About three-fourths of those who transfer to four-year universities are non-STEM majors, he said, who should be able to demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills by taking statistics or other math courses more applicable to their fields.

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