By law, the California
Community Colleges shall admit any California resident and may admit
anyone who is over 18 years of age and who is capable of profiting
from the instruction offered. The Colleges may also admit any nonresident
possessing a high school diploma or the equivalent thereof.
Primary missions of the
colleges are to offer academic and vocational education at the lower
division level for both younger and older students, including those
persons returning to school. Another primary mission is to advance
California's economic growth and global competitiveness through education,
training, and services that contribute to continuous workforce improvement.
Essential and important functions of the colleges include: remedial
instruction for those in need of it, and in conjunction with the school
districts, instruction in English as a second language, adult non-credit
instruction, and support services which help students succeed at the
postsecondary level. Community Services is designated as an authorized
function. To the extent funding is provided, the colleges may conduct
institutional research concerning student learning and retention,
as is needed to facilitate their educational missions.
The Board of Governors
shall provide leadership and direction in the continuing development
of the California Community Colleges as an integral and effective
element in the structure of public higher education in the state.
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