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ERIC Number: ED142263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Financial Support for the California Community Colleges: Characteristics, Objectives and Alternatives. Commission Report 77-3.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
In response to 1975-76 legislative action calling for a study of alternative funding procedures for community colleges, the California Postsecondary Education Commission focused this report on (1) the sources of income for current operations, and (2) capital outlay, including the methods and procedures by which it is provided. In each area, the study investigated the history of existing state and local support systems, the conceptual foundation of these systems, the potential use of market behavior theory as a guide to state policy formation, and community college finance in other states. Deficiencies and alternatives to the present system are presented, as are specific recommendations regarding modification and equalization of state funding formulas. The study also proposes a shift from a statutory to an annual budgetary system, retention of tuition exemption from credit courses, further study on non-credit funding, reinstatement of the 1967 Community College Construction Act, state support for off-campus instructional space, and dropping the demographic funding factor pending further study. Support data were gathered from existing financial, legislative, and enrollment literature, interviews with system and college administrators, and by two surveys of other states. Extensive statistical data, questionnaires, and financial information from Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New York, Texas, and Virginia are included. (RT)
Descriptors: Capital Outlay (for Fixed Assets), Community Colleges, Educational Finance, Equalization Aid, Expenditure per Student, Finance Reform, Financial Policy, Financial Support, Full State Funding, Income, Noncredit Courses, Off Campus Facilities, Operating Expenses, State Aid, Statistical Data, Surveys, Tax Allocation, Tuition, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado; Florida; Hawaii; Illinois; Mississippi; New York; Texas; Virginia