Whereas, Categorical programs support students who are underserved, are disadvantaged economically, educationally and by language, and often are the first generation to attend college;
Whereas, Many programs such as Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS), and CalWORKs have been extraordinarily successful as widely acknowledged by state educators and legislators;
Whereas, Categorical monies were intended to be reserved to fund categorical programs in ways mandated by Title 5; and
Whereas, There have been recent severe statewide cuts to categorical programs, resulting in an approximate 40% reduction in services;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges strongly urge the Legislature to restore categorical funding to at least its 2007-08 levels; and
Resolved, That Academic Senate for California Community Colleges affirm that current categorical funds should be used exclusively for specified categorical programs.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates, Chancellor’s Office, Consultation Council
The Senate continues to advocated for restoration of categorical funds during every budget cycle.