Ready or Not

California aims to reduce need for remedial instruction at 4-year colleges

Los Angeles, California -- Ralph r. pesqueira remembers his freshman year at San Diego State University -- "110 years ago" -- when professors warned that half of the students might be gone by the end of the semester.

College is "an educational cultural shock for an awful lot of kids," Mr. Pesqueira says. He believes that students must be prepared when they arrive, and that state policies should be based on that premise.

Mr. Pesqueira, who owns a chain of Mexican restaurants, is