The new law SB 1440, signed recently by Arnold Schwarzenegger, is indeed something to be concerned about.
It dawns on me that the true impact of what was passed a few weeks ago will force community colleges to “raise the bar.” This rising pressure by institutes and universities will do one of two things: Force most, if not all, community college students to take their learning seriously if they are to continue on with their education, or discourage a great deal of them due to the rising competition. Minority students may indeed feel that their aspirations to be first generation students may be daunted by an unforeseen obstacle of pressure and contest.
Personally, I know of countless friends and acquaintances who, due to financial hardship, decided to trudge the path of community college. If this law is not properly administered, then countless individuals may come to be discouraged and settle for menial trades rather than aspire for more.