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April 30, 2022

Campaign for College Opportunity to Honor MVC


Campaign for College Opportunity has named Moreno Valley College as a 2022 Champion for Excelling in Equitable Course Placement in Campus-wide English Enrollment, Latinx English Enrollment, and Black English Enrollment. With new placement measures implemented, Moreno Valley College has increased first-time college going students attempting transfer-level English from 41.5 percent in 2016 to 60.9 percent in 2020.

Chart of students completing transfer-level coursework in math, english, and both

Through coordinated efforts, Moreno Valley College also increased successful completion for transfer-level English coursework. The English faculty (both full-time and part-time) take part in a Community of Practice that provides ongoing professional development centered on Racial Equity and Social Justice, where policies, procedures, and teaching practices are examined and changed to close equity gaps.

Chart of students completing transfer-level coursework in english their first year

Through this work, Moreno Valley College has increased the success rate for students that identify as Black or African American by 16 percentage points from 20 percent in 2016 to 36 percent in 2020. The College has also increased the number of first-time college students attempting college-level English by 19.4 percentage points due to the adoption of new placement procedures.

The College will be honored at Campaign for College Opportunity's inaugural award ceremony, Excellence in Placement: Honoring Community Colleges Excelling in Equitable Course Placement for Students, on May 12, at the Redbird in Los Angeles.

Campaign for College Opportunity is an advocacy group who says it fights to make public policy changes that will help more California students complete college. According to Campaign for College Opportunity, less than half of students enrolled in California community colleges graduate after six years.

"Moreno Valley College is honored to be recognized for its efforts to equitable course placement in English" Robin Steinback, Ph.D., president, said. "I believe our results prove the point that there is a need for continuing focused funding for student equity. These results can be a launchpad for ensuring student success for all."

With offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento, Campaign for College Opportunity works with coalition partners to ensure that California continues to honor its commitment to higher education. Founded in 2002 by David Wolf and Steve Weiner, Campaign for College Opportunity grew out of a trip to UC Berkeley on March 20, 2002, when Wolf and Weiner decided to attend a meeting on community college finance.

They joked that they attended the meeting to be sure that the speakers had an audience to speak to; it turns out the room was packed. At the meeting they heard from a prominent state leader that despite the Governor and Legislature's recognition that California was indeed facing a looming access crisis in higher education, nothing would be done. The speaker went on to share that although a lot of students were going to suffer as a result, nobody in the Capitol was going to do anything to ensure hard working students would have a spot in college.

Wolf and Weiner had both benefitted from education opportunities. Ultimately, they each received a Ph.D. Together they spent nearly a century in higher education. Wolf had served in a myriad of positions at California community colleges, including as a faculty member, administrator, president, and eventually as executive director for the Accrediting Commission. Meanwhile, Weiner worked as a faculty member, provost and dean in public and private universities.

Never forgetting the opportunities afforded them via public higher education, they committed their lives to California's future by ensuring students could access that same opportunity.