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The California Community Colleges (CCC) play vital and diverse roles in the state’s public higher education system.
In 1960, California’s Master Plan for Higher Education promised publicly subsidized higher education to every Californian willing and able to benefit from it. But the Master Plan also limited enrollment in the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems. Students graduating in the top one-eighth of each year’s high school class are eligible to attend a UC campus, and those in the top one-third are eligible for CSU. The community colleges are responsible for meeting the remaining demand for public postsecondary education.
Course-taking patterns, policies, and practices in developmental education in the California Community Colleges
In 2009, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) contracted with EdSource to explore the effectiveness of developmental or basic skills education in preparing students for college-level work. This study includes a literature review, policy analysis, and information gathered through interviews and other consultation with more than 40 community college stakeholders.