Statewide AB 705 Update

Four years after historic legislation transformed placement and remediation in California’s community colleges, the system is still grappling with the complexities of implementing Assembly Bill 705. This report from California Acceleration Project analyzes plans submitted to the state chancellor’s office by 115 colleges, detailing the changes they plan to make to better implement AB 705.

The good news is that more than half of California community colleges intend to phase out remedial enrollments altogether for fall 2022. These colleges are also more likely to implement a range of strategies to maximize completion of transfer-level math and English compared to colleges continuing remedial enrollments. The bad news is that 41 percent of colleges plan to continue remedial enrollments in violation of regulatory guidance from the state’s Chancellor’s office, according to the analysis. As a result, implementation continues to be uneven and inequitable.