Twenty-seven California community colleges face accreditation sanctions. State funding is down while the feds have raised performance standards. Three are in serious trouble, 10 are on probation and 14 have received warnings.
Only one quarter of California’s degree-seeking community college students reach their goal in three years, compared to nearly two-thirds of for-profit students seeking an associate degree or certificate. For-profit schools are much more expensive, of course, but they’re also much better at getting students into the classes they need and getting them to the finish line.