Assess How Alignment of Timeframes for AB 705 (Irwin, 2017) and the Student Centered Funding Formula for ESL Students Inequitably Impact Funding for Colleges Serving High Percentages of ESL Students

Fall
2019
Resolution Number: 
05.03
Assigned to : 
Category: 
Budget and Finance
Status: 
Assigned

Whereas, Under Assembly Bill 705 (Irwin, 2017), a California community college student enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction has a timeframe of three years to enter and complete degree and transfer requirements in English and has a one-year timeframe to enter and complete transfer-level coursework in mathematics;

Whereas, Under the Student Centered Funding Formula (California Education Code Section 84750.4), Student Success Allocation, a California community college will receive three points for each student who successfully completes transfer-level mathematics and English courses within the student’s first academic year of enrollment;

Whereas, An ESL student could choose to take ESL coursework in the first academic year of enrollment and then successfully complete transfer-level mathematics and English courses in the second academic year of enrollment, but the college would not receive a Student Success Allocation funding point since the student did not complete transfer- level mathematics and English courses within the first academic year of enrollment despite successfully meeting the mandates of AB 705; and

Whereas, Based on these factors, the Student Success Allocation might be disproportionately lower for California community colleges with a greater percentage of ESL students than the average California community college;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to assess the financial impact of the Student Centered Funding Formula on colleges with large populations of ESL students; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges clarify for the legislature the inequitable impact of the Student Centered Funding Formula on colleges serving large percentages of ESL students and request a comprehensive adjustment to the success allocation funding portion for ESL students be aligned with Education Code §78213. [1]

MSR: Referred to the Executive Committee to research conflicts within and report back to the body and take appropriate action by spring of 2020.


[1] Sources: AB 705 and the SCFF are legislation. AB 705 is Ed Code §78213 and the SCFF is in the 2019-20 enacted Budget