California community college board backs sweeping reforms

The governing board of California's community colleges approved reforms intended to streamline the path to graduation and transfer for thousands of students.

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors endorsed the policies at a meeting Monday in Sacramento that featured more than three hours of public comment, including vigorous opposition from many students who argued that the plan would penalize low-income and other disadvantaged students.

The reforms were suggested by a statewide task force that met for a year to consider how to improve outcomes for more than 2.6 million community college students at a time of dwindling state support.

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GCC campus unusually quiet during first canceled winter session

-- Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times

Photo: Students walk between classes at Glendale Community College. The college is not offering winter classes for the first time in a decade. Credit: Times Community News

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