Opinion: Community Colleges Are Failing To Fulfill Their Mission

While four-year universities just seem to get more expensive and exclusive, community colleges make higher education accessible and affordable. But community colleges are not fulfilling their mission for all students, especially Black and Latinx students. This is happening statewide, including right here in the Bay Area.

A law was passed in 2017 (AB 705) that gave students the right to take transferable, college-level English and math classes without being sidetracked into remedial classes. But 97% of community colleges in the state keep enrolling students in remedial classes that repeat high school math. At CCSF and most other colleges around the Bay, course schedules are still packed with remedial math, and colleges are still presenting — or should I say misrepresenting — remedial classes as a good option for students.

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