ERIC Number: ED180562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Community Services: A Position Paper.
College community services, traditionally funded by the levy of special purpose taxes, have been threatened by the passage of Proposition 13 and the resultant abolishment of permissive taxes. Survey data show that the average budget cut for community services was at least 50%. These cuts resulted in: (1) a 76% increase in "fee" courses and a 24% decrease in community services courses, (2) a 72.8% reduction in community services staff, (3) cultural deprivation for senior citizens and the economically disadvantaged, and (4) restriction of public use of campus facilities. However, Proposition 13 carried no mandate to change the basic mission of the California community colleges, and state funds should be provided--as they are in other states--to assure the continuation of community services which cannot be self-supporting. These special funds should provide 90% of the 1977-78 base year community services program budget, and any institution not budgeting for community services at 90% of its 1977-78 level should have the amount intended for community services, but not so used, subtracted from the next year's budget allocation. The report appendix includes survey data gathered by the California Community College Community Services Association and El Camino College to determine the effects of Proposition 13 on community colleges. (JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Community Services and Continuing Education.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Proposition 13 (California 1978)