Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has long supported categorical funding as an appropriate mechanism to guarantee important activities and standards within our system;
Whereas, The California Community College system is not burdened by excessive numbers of categorical funding streams as in the K-12 system;
Whereas, Partnership for Excellence funds, on the other hand, can be best used locally to serve diverse student needs by including those funds in base funding; and
Whereas, The Governor's 2004-05 Budget proposes to cluster or eliminate several existing categorical funding streams;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support the system budget proposal to retain the current successful, unclustered categorical funding structure for programs including but not limited to matriculation, EOPS, Instructional Equipment and Library Materials, Telecommunication and Technology and scheduled maintenance, with the sole exception of Partnership for Excellence funds, which should be folded into the base funding allocation; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge that categorical funds be subject to the same cost-of-living adjustments as general apportionment funds.
Have done so and will continue to do so in discussions of04-05 and 05-06 budgets.