Calif. community college leaders call for overhaul |

Calif. community college leaders call for overhaul

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California higher education leaders are calling for a major overhaul of the state’s community colleges.

The governing board of California Community Colleges on Monday approved 22 recommendations aimed at improving graduation and transfer rates in the 112-campus system.

But the plan could reduce free classes for older adults and push out students who don’t make enough academic progress.

If implemented, the recommendations would lead to a significant change for a community college system that has provided nearly universal access to higher education for decades.

Board members say the changes are needed because the cash-strapped state has drastically reduced funding to the system.

But critics say the overhaul could end up reducing access for disadvantaged students.

The board plans to send the reform plan the state Legislature for review.

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