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October 2012 Issue: Student Success Initiative Newsletter - Oct. 16, 2012

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October 2012 Update

Governor Signs Student Success Act of 2012

These students from Butte College will have an easier time reaching their education goals now that the Student Success Act of 2012 has been signed into law.

 The Chancellor's Office is moving forward with implementation of the Student Success Act of 2012 (Lowenthal, D-Long Beach), which Gov. Brown signed into law last month. The legislation is designed to help more California community college students reach their goal of earning a degree, certificate, career advancement or transferring to a four-year institution.


 Several ad-hoc working groups have  been assembled and will help guide regulatory revisions dealing with matriculation services, developing a new allocation formula and revising data reporting requirements.


Although the legislation, also known as SB 1456, officially take effect Jan. 1, 2013, the earliest that programmatic changes would occur at the college level would be July, 2013, and full implementation won't occur until 2015-16. For a detailed timeline visit, click here.


The Chancellor's Office is fielding questions about the Student Success Act of 2012 implementation. Inquiries can be emailed to SB1456@cccco.edu.



The legislation incorporated several recommendations of the Student Success Task Force, and will:


  • Restructure the way student support services are delivered to improve the assistance that students receive at the beginning of their educational experience. The bill targets existing student services resources to support orientation, assessment and education planning services and lays the groundwork to expand these services as more resources become available.
  • Provide that campuses using an assessment instrument for student placement utilize a statewide system of common assessment once available, to improve consistency and efficiency within the 112-campus system.
  • Require colleges receiving student support service funds to post a student success scorecard to clearly communicate progress in improving completion rates for all students and closing the achievement gap among historically under-represented students.
  • Require students whose fees are waived because of their economic need to meet minimum academic standards.

Key Dates


Oct. 18: Consultation Council meeting, Sacramento

Nov. 13-14: Board of Governors meeting, Sacramento

System-wide Enrollment Priorities Established by Board of Governors

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has unanimously approved changes that will establish system-wide enrollment priorities designed to ensure classes are available for students seeking job training, degree attainment or transfer and to reward students who make progress toward their educational goals.


New students who have completed college orientation, assessment and developed education plans as well as continuing students in good academic standing who have not exceeded 100 units (not including units in basic English, math or English as a Second Language) will now have priority over students who do not meet these criteria. Among these students, active-duty military and veterans and current and former foster youth will continue to have first call on courses, followed by students in Extended Opportunity Programs and Services and Disabled Students Programs and Services.


The regulations will be implemented in the fall of 2014. Guidelines developed by the Chancellor's Office to help colleges implement the new priorities are expected to be available by December.


Districts will maintain discretion to adopt policies exempting certain categories of students from the 100-unit limit, such as those in high-unit majors or programs. Districts will be required to adopt an appeals policy and process for students who lose priority due to circumstances beyond their control such as accidents or illness. Districts also will have discretion in dealing with students who have been declared academically ineligible or on probation if they have shown signs of improvement.

Professional Development Summit

At a two-day summit last month, representatives from 25 organizations from all segments of the community college system completed initial work on a vision statement to achieve the Student Success Task force goal of revitalizing and re-envisioning professional development.


The committee also explored possible modifications of to the Flexible Calendar Program, roles for the Chancellor's Office in helping to improve professional development and construction of a web site to make development resources available to the community college system. For more information, click here.

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