February Update

Legislative Hearing Scheduled for Student Success Task Force recommendations

The Senate Education and Assembly Higher Education committees have scheduled a Feb. 1 joint hearing to review the Student Success Task Force (SSTF) recommendations. The hearing will be held 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol, room 4202. The Education Budget Subcommittees from both houses have also been invited to participate. The legislation that formed the SSTF (SB 1143, Liu) included a provision that the recommendations be presented to the Legislature no later than March 2012.

Student Success Task Force Recommendations Enter Implementation Phase

After the Board of Governors unanimously endorsed the recommendations of the Student Success Task Force at its January meeting, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, is moving toward a phased-in, coordinated implementation of the recommendations that will include consultation with a wide range of stakeholders. "We've been given clear direction by the Board of Governors to move forward with these changes. This implementation process, however, is going to take some time and move on multiple tracks," said Chancellor Jack Scott. "Some recommendations we can move rather quickly on, others will take longer." Working groups are being identified and will develop strategies for the most effective implementation of the recommendations.

Due to legislative deadlines, legislation will be introduced by Feb. 24. The legislation that will be introduced will be a starting point for discussions about policy implementation details and phase-in schedules. Some of the recommendations will be implemented through regulatory changes enacted by the Board of Governors.

Key Dates

Feb 1:  Senate Education and Assembly Higher Education committees hold joint hearing at 9:30 a.m. in room 4202 of the state Capitol to discuss the SSTF report.

Feb. 24:  Deadline to introduce legislation.

March 5-6:  Board of Governors holds regularly scheduled meeting in Sacramento, 1102 Q St., and will hear update on SSTF implementation.

Support Growing For Student Success Task Force Recommendations

More organizations are voicing support for the SSTF recommendations. Here is a partial list: Alliance for a Better Community, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Bay Area Council, Chandler Farms, Californians for Justice, California EDGE Campaign, California Hospital Association, California State Student Association, USC Rossier School of Education, Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Mayor, City of Los Angeles, The Campaign for College Opportunity, The Education Trust-West, Excelencia in Education, Families in Schools, Girls Inc. of Orange County, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, Institute for Higher Education Policy, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Progressive Christians Uniting, Parent Institute for Quality Education( PIQE), Project GRAD Los Angeles, Greater Sacramento Urban League, Southern California College Access Network, The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), Women's Foundation of California, Youth Policy Institute.

Download the Final Student Success Task Force Report

After a year in the making, the final SSTF recommendations are available to be downloaded here.

Student Success Task Force Generates Media Buzz

The SSTF recommendations have generated a lot of media interest. You can find a collection of
news stories here.