Assemblymember Medina’s Statement on the State Auditor’s Report on Calbright College

For immediate release:

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement on the State Auditor’s report on Calbright College:

“The State Auditor’s findings have only furthered my resolve that the Legislature must end the Calbright College experiment. Calbright has failed to achieve its original mission: it has failed to retain students, provide adequate support, and build paths to gainful employment. That is why I am co-authoring AB 1432, which eliminates Calbright College at the end of the 2022-23 academic year.”

In 2018, the Legislature created the California Online Community College, later named Calbright College (Calbright). The goal was to provide a fully online college that offered flexible and free programs for students. Due to the lack of transparency and the failure of Calbright to retain the majority of its students, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee called for the state to review and assess Calbright in 2020. Despite the need for accessible programs, the auditor’s report detailed repeated failures and mismanagement by Calbright’s leadership team.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that the California Community College system is capable of meeting student’s needs through its California Virtual Campus. Calbright takes away resources from our community college students.” Please visit the California State Auditor’s page for the full report.

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CONTACT: Cesar Gomez (951) 369-6644