ERIC Number: ED244662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Survey on the Effects of State Budget Cuts on Community College Learning Resource Centers: A Narrative Survey.
Hicks, Warren B.
A study was conducted by the Learning Resources Association of California Community Colleges to determine the effects of state budget cuts on the learning resources centers (LRC's) in the state. In August 1983, a questionnaire was mailed to all 106 California community colleges, requesting information on personnel, budget, and service cuts; budget ideas; long-range plans and directions; and funding mechanisms. Study findings, based on responses from 70 (66%) of the institutions, included the following: (1) 86% of the respondents reported reductions in personnel, representing a total loss of 209 full-time positions or 10% to 15% of the LRC workforce; (2) 90% of the respondents reported budget cuts, with the average reduction being 56%; (3) 39% reported they had reduced services, with the average cut being 8.7 hours per week; (4) responses emphasized strong support for security in LRC budgets, with 83% of the respondents favoring a mandated state formula and 91% favoring a budget standard of 5% to 7% of the institutional budget for LRC operations; and (5) the largest reductions in budget items were for library equipment, audiovisual materials, and television equipment. Respondents' suggestions for budget ideas to deal with cutbacks, views on the long-range effects of budget cuts on LRC's, and perceptions of long-range directions are included in the report. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Northern and Southern California Meetings of the Learning Resources Association of California Community Colleges (1984).