GCC Volleyball

The women's volleyball team at Glendale Community College, lead by coach Yvette Ybarra, runs up and down the stairs of the stadium on Monday, August 18, 2014 and does sit-ups on the bleachers to get ready for the upcoming college volleyball season as the semester starts next week on Monday. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer / August 18, 2014)

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Thousands of students will return to Glendale Community College next week when the fall semester begins on Monday.

Many of them will have already outlined their plans to earn a certificate, degree or transfer to a four-year school under the requirements of a new law that will be fully implemented this year.

Coauthored by Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge), the Student Success Act gives high school students priority registration, unlike past years when students already enrolled in the college with accumulated units secured earlier registration dates.

For months, Glendale Community College educators have been preparing to adhere to the new law that requires that counselors target struggling students and intervene if they haven't declared a course of study by the end of their second semester.

This year, those who took advantage of priority registration were also required to attend a campus orientation.

As time continues, college educators across the state will also study students' success rates while taking into account demographics such as age and gender in gaining insight into how students best meet their academic achievements.