As academic institutions across the country grapple with how to educate students during the coronavirus pandemic, many colleges are offering alternatives to in-person courses when the fall 2020 semester begins. Most institutions are planning on an in-person semester, but some have adopted a hybrid model of teaching students both online and in-person. However, there are others that have already committed to holding nearly all classes online, even for those students returning to live on campus. The Chronicle of Higher Education tallied a list of colleges and universities who are so far planning for remote courses.
It will be easier for L.A. students to take community college classes for free -- while sitting in their high school classrooms. The Los Angeles Unified School District board approved an agreement Tuesday with the Los Angeles Community College District that will let high schools enter partnerships with their local community colleges to offer classes on campus, during the regular school day. The schools hope to serve 15,000 L.A. Unified students a year. "This is truly a partnership," said Board President Steve Zimmer. "We're going to elevate both the amazing work that is already done on our high school and adult campuses, while at the same time creating new opportunities for our students."
Ever since National College Decision Day on May 1, high school seniors have been tooting their own horns, bragging about the colleges that have accepted them. Students who were admitted into universities like UCLA, UC Berkeley, or any of the other prestigious undergraduate schools in California are often celebrated, but there is a large portion of high school students left out of the limelight. This is the case mostly because of these students' plans to take a wiser, and more economical route to higher education, which means transferring after two years of community college into the UC or CSU school systems. Yes, there is not much to brag about when you are going to El Camino or Santa Monica Community College, because after all, it is not Stanford, but what matters is the end result. No matter where you go for higher education, the first two years of college that lead up to attaining an Associate's Degree are filled with classes that satisfy the General Education (GE) requirement, which is mandatory for every college student.
Compton College, which lost its accreditation more than a decade ago during a time of serious administrative failure and widespread corruption, has been granted initial accreditation status and is one step away from winning back its full standing. In a meeting late Wednesday, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges reviewed recent evaluations and agreed to the initial status -- a major acknowledgement of the college's efforts to rebuild. "On behalf of the commission, I wish to express our appreciation for the significant scope and quality of work that Compton College undertook," Richard Winn, the commission's interim president, wrote in a letter to Compton College leaders. Compton's troubles began to draw serious public attention in May 2004 when the state -- in a rare action -- took over the college in an effort to restore it to financial solvency. The takeover followed an investigation by the state chancellor's office amid concerns about the school's accounting practices.