Strong Start To Finish

California Community Colleges

In 2019, the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) Success Center in partnership with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO).

With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and professional networks of Strong Start to Finish, 115 public two-year institutions in CA were able to increase the number of students completing math and English gateway courses in their first year of study.

Ongoing supplemental funding, which began in 2020 through Strong Start to Finish, supports refining and improving data collection on gateway math and English courses and the student supports being offered in conjunction with those courses to further identify best practices.

Hear From the Scaling Sites

Community colleges in California historically required students to take flawed standardized tests to prove they could succeed in transfer-level math and English, leading to over placement in remedial classes. Now, students have the right to choose their own paths, using evidence that better reflects their strengths and potential. State legislation AB 705 ensures that students are not placed in remedial classes that delay or deter their educations. Several colleges implemented the reforms ahead of the fall 2019 deadline. Check out these videos to hear from two colleges that are showing early progress.

These videos were powered by JFF (Jobs for the Future) in collaboration with the California Success Center, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, and the Foundation for California Community Colleges and brought to you with the support of Strong Start to Finish.



Priority Action Areas

CCC-SSTF through its initial grant is focused on five priority action areas:

  • Eliminating the use of a single placement test score for placing students into remedial instruction.
  • Establishing and expanding math pathways across all institutions.
  • Providing guidance and implementation strategies to support English as a Second Language (ESL) learners.
  • Using quantitative and qualitative information to understand and advance reforms.
  • Integrating developmental education reforms within guided pathways.

CCC-SSTF through its supplemental grant is focused on three priority action areas:

  • Build capacity of institutional researchers regarding developmental education reform.
  • Disaggregate data in reports with a focus on low-income students, students of color, and returning adults.
  • Communicate disaggregated data to the campus community.

Strategies at Scale

Through the support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and professional networks of Strong Start to Finish, CCC-SSTF through its initial grant will scale the following reforms:

  • Eliminating or substantially reducing standalone remedial courses.
  • Supporting institutions to develop a policy of using multiple measures for placement in gateway math and English.
  • Developing toolkits focused on equity and developmental education practices to support implementation.
  • Hosting convenings, workshops, and professional development related to AB 705 requirements, use of their data, and best practices.
  • Providing professional development based on needs evidenced in colleges’ AB 705 adoption plans, andragogy, and data.
  • Developing a protocol for designing curriculum inclusive of corequisite and prerequisite courses.
  • Reviewing regulations to identify barriers and opportunities and then recommend changes.
  • Reviewing qualitative data from colleges on student supports.
  • Leveraging Guided Pathways Regional Coordinators to provide technical assistance.
  • Engaging with a change management consultant to support the Chancellor’s Office capacity to support reform statewide.
  • Sharing strategic communications to the field to ensure understanding of and alignment with systemwide reforms, including Guided Pathways and developmental education reform.
  • Convening stakeholders and partners to develop the next phase of regulations, workshops and toolkits that complement and supplement resources already available or already planned and to increase the capacity of faculty to teach alternate math pathways.
  • Implementing a system-level work plan.
  • Building out a comprehensive set of online resources on the Student Success Center’s Vision Resource Center.
  • Reviewing how Online Education Resources can support AB 705 implementation, particularly for use in transfer math and supplemental math supports.

Through the support and professional networks of Strong Start to Finish, CCC-SSTF through its supplemental grant will scale the following reforms:

  • Identify which types of reforms are being used at each college.
  • Determine the extent to which specific types of reforms improve student success.
  • Evaluate the impact of the different reforms on the success rates of disproportionately impacted students.

Project Leadership and Campus Involvement

CCCO-SSTF will be managed by a leadership team consisting of senior leadership from the Chancellor’s Office in partnership with the Success Center.

California Community College institutions implementing developmental education reforms to improve student success and reduce equity gaps among traditionally underrepresented student groups include:

  • Allan Hancock College
  • American River College
  • Antelope Valley College
  • Bakersfield College
  • Barstow Community College
  • Berkeley City College
  • Butte College
  • Cabrillo College
  • Canada College
  • Cerritos College
  • Cerro Coso Community College
  • Chabot College
  • Chaffey College
  • Citrus College
  • City College of San Francisco
  • Clovis Community College
  • Coastline Community College
  • College of Alameda
  • College of Marin
  • College of San Mateo
  • College of the Canyons
  • College of the Desert
  • College of the Redwoods
  • College of the Sequoias
  • College of the Siskiyous
  • Columbia College
  • Contra Costa College
  • Copper Mountain Community College
  • Cosumnes River College
  • Crafton Hills College
  • Cuesta College
  • Cuyamaca College
  • Cypress College
  • De Anza College
  • Diablo Valley College
  • East Los Angeles College
  • El Camino College-Compton Center
  • El Camino Community College District (CCD)
  • Evergreen Valley College
  • Feather River Community College District (CCD)
  • Folsom Lake College
  • Foothill College
  • Fresno City College
  • Fullerton College
  • Gavilan College
  • Glendale Community College
  • Golden West College
  • Grossmont College
  • Hartnell College
  • Imperial Valley College
  • Irvine Valley College
  • Lake Tahoe Community College
  • Laney College
  • Las Positas College
  • Lassen Community College
  • Long Beach City College
  • Los Angeles (LA) City College
  • LA Harbor College
  • LA Mission College
  • LA Pierce College
  • LA Southwest College
  • LA Trade Technical College
  • LA Valley College
  • Los Medanos College
  • Mendocino College
  • Merced College
  • Merritt College
  • MiraCosta College
  • Mission College
  • Modesto Junior College
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • Moorpark College
  • Moreno Valley College
  • Mt San Antonio College
  • Mt San Jacinto Community College District (CCD)
  • Napa Valley College
  • Norco College
  • Ohlone College
  • Orange Coast College
  • Oxnard College
  • Palo Verde College
  • Palomar College
  • Pasadena City College
  • Porterville College
  • Reedley College
  • Rio Hondo College
  • Riverside City College
  • Sacramento City College
  • Saddleback College
  • San Bernardino Valley College
  • San Diego City College
  • San Diego Mesa College
  • San Diego Miramar College
  • San Joaquin Delta College
  • San Jose City College
  • Santa Ana College
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • Santa Monica College
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Santiago Canyon College
  • Shasta College
  • Sierra College
  • Skyline College
  • Solano Community College
  • Southwestern College
  • Taft College
  • Ventura College
  • Victor Valley College
  • West Hills College-Coalinga
  • West Hills College-Lemoore
  • West Los Angeles College
  • West Valley College
  • Woodland Community Colllege
  • Yuba College