Bright Spot: Ventura College Eliminates Remedial Math and Improves Student Success
For far too long in California, remedial courses in California Community Colleges meant costly barriers to student success. Fortunately, recent legislation – Assembly Bill 705 signed into law in 2017 – requires these colleges to eliminate remedial courses and instead use research-backed strategies like corequisite support to help students complete transfer-level courses. Ed Trust–West’s latest “bright spot” looks at Ventura College (VC) and its implementation of Assembly Bill 705 (AB 705), outlining the successful strategies the college is leveraging to place students into coursework that gives them the best chance of completing transferable, college-level math within a year of their first attempt. The report describes VC’s strategies for increasing access to transfer-level math courses and supporting students to complete those courses.