The recommendations, released by the task force on September 30, 2011, include such reforms as creating uniform standards across different colleges, developing educational pathways for students, and giving enrollment priority to students who make educational progress.
If the recommendations are enacted, community college would no longer be fully "open-access." They would give enrollment priority for different classes to students who declare their program of study early on and follow a designated study plan. These students would continue to be prioritized as long as they continue making academic progress. Students who do not progress would be limited in their access to courses and financial aid.
Criticism has come in from different groups, such as faculty unions and state legislators. Faculty unions argue that the recommendations destroy an already successful system and would harm students, while legislators argue that the proposals do not do enough to foster student success.
Controversy has also risen on the topic of finances. According to Johnathan Lightman, executive director of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, "The document is highly aspirational." Concern has been expressed as to whether the state's struggling economy could fund the proposed changes.
According to the task force recommendations however, the changes would "help California narrow its educational skills gap and prepare workers to compete in the new economy."
Eloy Oakley, president and superintendent of Long Beach City College agrees, saying that this is the "perfect time" for community colleges to refocus their priorities.