Waiving Fees for Redirected Students

Whereas, Students redirected from the University of California and California State University will already pay lower fees than they would at the redirecting institution;

Whereas, Waiving fees could increase a tendency to displace traditional community college students in favor of non-paying, redirected students;

Whereas, The state is considering raising fees again to defray some costs of education at community colleges; and

Whereas, Waiving fees for only redirected students violates principles of equity among students;

Student Redirection

Whereas, The Governor's proposed budget calls for approximately 7,000 University of California and California State University-eligible students for the 2004-05 academic year to be redirected to community colleges;

Whereas, The redirected students will be funded out of the 3% growth money in the Governor's proposed budget;

Whereas, The inclusion of the funding of these redirected students in the 3% growth funding could potentially displace funding for traditional community college students; and

Programs for Native Students and UC and CSU Redirected Students

Whereas, Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed in his 2004-2005 budget that California Community Colleges (CCCs) absorb 7,000students who would normally be attending the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems;

Whereas, This proposal is essentially an unfunded mandate and may result in fewer offerings and services to students already attending California community colleges and therefore may increase the already existing gap between the resources available to UC and CSU students and those available to CCC students; and

CSU/UC Redirected Students

Whereas, The Governor's Budget for 2004-05 proposes to "redirect approximately 3200 University of California (UC) eligible and 3800 California State University (CSU) eligible students to first attend community college and then guarantee them transfer as juniors to a UC or CSU";

Whereas, There is concern expressed by community college transfer directors and other faculty that the redirected transfer students will have priority over the traditional community college students for the transfer slots in the CSUs and UCs; and

California Student Association of Community Colleges (CalSACC)

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge local senates to work with their local Associated Student Body organization in the CalSACC educational campaign in these areas:
1. student fees, no increase;
2. maintain 1/2 cent sales tax for educational purposes;
3. maintain the Proposition 98 split, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge local senates to support CalSACC efforts in these areas by encouraging their Associated Student Body participation in the CalSACC Conference and Lobby Day in May, and

SB 121, Student Success

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is committed to improving the retention, completion, and transfer of historically underrepresented students, and

Whereas Business Administration is the transfer major of choice for community college students, and

Whereas it is a California Community College primary role to prepare students for upper division access to the University of California and the California State University, and

Responses to Financial Aid Regulations

Whereas the U.S. Department of Education has promulgated new financial aid regulations which fundamentally conflict with the open access mission of the California Community Colleges, and

Whereas the California Community College system is the largest community college system in the nation and the regulations would create a disproportionate burden on the state system, and

Whereas the Chancellor's office has run a simulation of the probable outcome of the regulations and found that 75 percent of students tested would be denied financial aid, and

Student Equity Plans

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges direct the Executive Committee to review the student equity plans as soon as they are available, drawing statewide attention to the promising models and making recommendations for improvements where necessary, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges direct the Executive Committee to conduct a survey of plans which are out of compliance with the December 1993 timeline to determine obstacles that are being encountered in their development, and

AB1642 - Student Fees

Whereas AB 1642 requires California Postsecondary Education Commission to report by January 1, 1997, to the Legislature and the Governor on the impact of student fee increases on California community college enrollments,

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support the concepts in AB 1642 as they exist on April 2, 1995. M/S/C Disposition: Board of Governors, COFO, Chancellor's Office, FACCC, Legislature, CalSACC, Governor

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