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Author(s):Hill, E
Title:Back to basics: Improving college readiness of community college students
Organization:Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO)
Short Description:This report finds that a large percentage of students do not overcome their basic skills deficiencies during their time at California Community Colleges (CCC). It identifies a number of state policies that stand in the way of student success, and recommends several structural and systemwide changes designed to help increase preparedness and achievement among community college students.
Annotation:Most students who enter California Community Colleges (CCC) lack sufficient reading, writing, and mathematics skills to undertake college-level work. Thus, one of the CCC system’s core missions is to provide precollegiate “basic skills” instruction to these students. This report finds that a large percentage of students do not overcome their basic skills deficiencies during their time at CCC. It identifies a number of state policies that stand in the way of student success, and recommends several structural and systemwide changes designed to help increase preparedness and achievement among community college students.
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Community Colleges
Educational Attainment/College Degree Completion
Low-Income Students
Preparation/College Readiness
Remediation/Developmental Education
State-Level Information
Student Success

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The social prerequisites of success: Can college structure reduce the need for social know-how
Rural education at a glance
Questions that matter: Setting the research agenda on access and success in postsecondary education
TRIO Programs
Pre-college outreach programs for low-income students: A literature review
Easy money: How congress could increase federal student aid funding at no additional cost to taxpayers
The ABC's of early awareness: A resource guide and toolkit for helping students achieve a higher education
Public attitudes on higher education
Capturing the college potential of students from underserved populations: An analysis of efforts to overcome social and financial barriers to college
Locating the dropout crisis: Which high schools produce the nation’s dropouts? Where are they located? Who attends them
The role of finances in the persistence process.: A structural model
Debt burden: Repaying student debt
College access in Indiana and the United States: A 2005 status report
Discounting toward disaster: Tuition discounting, college finances, and enrollments of low-income undergraduates
Indicators of opportunity in higher education
Borrowers who drop out: A neglected aspect of the college student loan trend
Challenging times, clear choices: An action agenda for college access and success
A deficit of understanding: Confronting the funding crisis in higher education and the threat to low-income and minority access
Access for all? Debating in-state tuition for undocumented alien students
Knowledge is power program
Project GRAD
Life after high school: Young people talk about their hopes and prospects
Midwest PERL: Postsecondary education resource library
Reforms that could help narrow the achievement gap
Perceptions of college financial aid among California Latino youth
Financial aid issues for students from low income families
Pathways to and through college: Linking policy with research and practice
Teens and technology: Youth are leading the transition to a fully wired and mobile nation
College access, financial aid, and college success for undergraduates from foster care
Strategies for success: Six stories of increasing college access