Budget and Finance

Oppose Cuts to Categorical Programs

Whereas, The January budget proposed for 2002-03 by the Governor and the Department of Finance would cut some $130 million from the California Community College's base funding, including:
$58 million from CalWORKs (leaving $15 million for child care)
$26.8 million from Matriculation (leaving $44.5 million)
$19.8 million from Telecommunications and Technology Infrastructure (leaving $24.5 million)
$10 million from the Fund for Student Success (leaving $6.2 million)
$8.8 million from the Economic Development Program (leaving $36.8 million)

Adequate Funding

Whereas, The Master Plan for Education calls for students, parents, faculty, and administrations to assume responsibility for the improved education of all students in California;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate urge the Legislature to assume responsibility for adequately funding the California Community College System to accomplish its mission. MSC Disposition: Legislature, Local Senates

Generating Consistent Statistical Data

Whereas, The Chancellor's Office data on staff, faculty, and administration are an essential source for tracking and analyzing resource allocation and trends in the California Community College System; and

Whereas, These data are now collected in a non-uniform manner, which makes conclusions and comparisons difficult;

Restoration of CalWORKs Funding

Whereas, The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids (CalWORKs) program includes opportunities for those on welfare programs (such as TANF) to achieve self-sufficiency through a community college education that includes the development of workplace skills;

Whereas, The CalWORKs program, despite its limitations, has succeeded in helping many students become productive citizens; and

Whereas, State funds for CalWORKs services on community college campuses has been drastically reduced to the point where these services may be eliminated;

Restoration of State Professional Development Funds

Whereas, New techniques, new knowledge, and a student body whose diverse needs often change in a relatively short time require faculty to develop new skills and gain knowledge in their respective disciplines as well as training in teaching techniques in order to remain effective;

Whereas, California community college districts must meet higher operating costs and provide for unfunded growth, thus leaving few discretionary dollars to fund professional development for faculty; and

Restore CalWORKs Funding

Whereas, The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids (CalWORKs) program provides the education and services that enable students to transition from welfare to self-sufficiency through specialized services such as counseling, child care, transportation, and referrals to community resources;

Restoration of State Matriculation Funding

Whereas, Matriculation is a process designed to assure that all students who seek a community college education are accurately assessed, provided with appropriate courses, and afforded professional counseling and other support services to help them succeed;

Whereas, Matriculation has proven to be effective in helping students achieve their educational goals;

Energy Conservation

Whereas, Many capital improvement projects on community college campuses have been selected and are on the path to final approval and implementation;

Whereas, The sudden intrusion of an energy shortage crisis into all aspects of education activity has created a heightened awareness of the need for conservation and energy efficiency; and

Whereas, We now have the opportunity to utilize the capital improvement projects as a vehicle to accomplish additional capital improvements that would promote energy efficiency;

Funding

Whereas, Current funding for California Community Colleges is far below the national average and the community colleges receives just one-half the amount of California State University (CSU) and one-fourth the amount of University of California (UC) per-student funding for undergraduate education;

Whereas, The current funding structures perpetuate an educational inequity that disproportionally impacts working people and those historically underrepresented in higher education; and

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