College Readiness in California’s Community Colleges

November 10, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Arabella Cureton

About the program

Each year, California’s community colleges identify hundreds of thousands of students as underprepared. These students are placed into basic-skills courses to help get them ready for college-level work. How do community colleges assess and place students? How does placement affect students’ college trajectory and academic outcomes? PPIC researcher Olga Rodriguez will outline findings from two new reports, and a panel of experts will discuss challenges facing basic-skills education and the promise of recent reforms.


  • Deborah Gonzalez, director of government affairs, PPIC
  • Monica Henestroza, higher education advisor, Office of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • Hans Johnson, center director and senior fellow, PPIC Higher Education Center
  • Olga Rodriguez, research fellow, PPIC Higher Education Center
  • Myra Snell, math lead and co-founder, California Acceleration Project
  • Theresa Tena, vice chancellor of institutional effectiveness, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office