Community College Commission
States and colleges must help community college students move down a well-defined path to degrees and careers. The commission called for reforming college placement and carefully monitoring students who need remedial courses.
The Southern Regional Education Board’s Community College Commission was charged with recommending ways to strengthen the role of community colleges in raising educational attainment in Southern states. With a focus on policies with statewide potential, it studied strategies to prepare more students for community college and guide them through completion. The goal: increase college access and success so that more students earn postsecondary credentials and enter careers that are in demand in their communities.
SREB’s Community College Commission calls for states to reform college placement, reconsider math and literacy requirements, and carefully monitor students who need developmental (remedial) courses. The Commission report proposes firm guidance along structured pathways where students clearly see entry, exit and re-entry points to continue their education. The recommendations also ask states to commit increased funding and hold community colleges accountable for improving student services and students’ completion of degrees and certificates.