The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges wishes to express our support for AB 2767 (Medina, as of April 4, 2018), which calls for the Legislative Analyst’s Office to conduct a study of the funding formula used by the California Community Colleges for the 2017–18 fiscal year, submit a report to the Legislature containing its findings from the study, and provide recommendations as to various funding formula models the Legislature may wish to adopt for use by the California Community Colleges.
SB 1009 (Wilk, as of April 3, 2018) would allow districts to claim apportionment for tutoring in all subjects and would expand tutoring services for students in need of academic support. The bill also allows students to self-refer for tutoring, in addition to teacher referral, which would remove a significant barrier to obtaining access to tutoring. Numerous studies demonstrated the positive effects of expanded tutoring on student success - the more academic support students receive, the more likely they are to pass their courses and stay enrolled. The value of learning support and tutoring services to student success cannot be overestimated given the various levels of preparation our students bring to the classroom.
Community College Budget Proposal CAFYES Expansion
While the passage of SB 12 (Beall, 2017) allowed for the doubling of participating community college districts from the original 10 to 20, additional funds were not allocated in the current year budget to support the expansion. EOPS professionals are working diligently with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and others to develop a funding mechanism that allows for this expansion without taking funds from existing programs. Unfortunately, this has proven to be challenging.
The online community college proposal includes $120 million from Proposition 98 dollars ($100 million one time, $20 million ongoing). The Academic Senate fully supports the goal of expanding access to working adults, particularly those individuals not currently well-served by the state’s higher education offerings, and we are committed to serving all student populations in California by exploring the feasibility of developing non-traditional online programs. However, the Academic Senate does not believe that the establishment of a separate, fully online college is a viable paradigm. Our primary concerns include the following.
The current language of AB 705 seriously limits the ability of the colleges to recognize and respond to the needs of the diverse student populations we serve. The selection of appropriate multiple measures is dependent on the circumstance and life experience of each student. AB 705 limits the ability of colleges to select the most appropriate measures to best reflect the needs of the individual student by subjecting all students to the same measures.
AB 204 would ensure fairness, consistency, and comparability in district appeals process across the California Community College System by requiring regular review and comment by the Chancellor’s Office.
The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) is seeking a $300,000 augmentation to increase funding to accommodate the increasing demands for faculty participation brought on by numerous legislative reforms, the CCC student success initiative, the CTE Task Force for Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy, the C-ID course numbering system, the high school to community college articulation coordination, as well as assisting California Community College with technical assistance in a number of areas including curriculum development/process and accreditation, providing professional development for improved online education, and engaging part-time faculty in student success initiatives.
Concerns regarding the allocation of funding for the Strong Workforce Program in the 2016 Budget Trailer Bill. Section 308 of the Trailer Bill as written would direct funding through a fiscal agent chosen by each regional collaborative.