ERIC Number: ED331557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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The Impact of Proposition 13 on Community Services Programs in Selected Community Colleges in Southern California.
Sandeen, Garnet Godfrey
In 1990, a study was conducted of 10 Southern California community colleges to determine the effect of a 1978 tax reform/limitation initiative (Proposition 13) on the funding and scope of their community service programs. The study involved a review of community services literature, an examination of relevant college records, and interviews with community college presidents, Board of Trustee members, deans or directors of community service programs, and a survey of community service faculty. The study utilized a case method approach, and data were collected and collated on a college-by-college basis. In general, findings obtained from college records and documents showed that most of the colleges had, as a result of Proposition 13, decreased their community service program offerings to some extent. In addition, the passage of Proposition 13 caused a shift in funding sources from tax support to user fees or user fees supplemented with funds generated through swap meets, facility rentals, or other activities. About 50% of the colleges showed either no change or an increase in their community service program budget. Over 70% of the colleges showed a marked change in the nature of community service courses since 1978, with emphasis on programs that paid their own way and business- and industry-related curricula. Interview data indicated that obtaining funding required more innovative thinking on the part of administrators, and the faculty survey revealed a feeling of disenfranchisement because of low pay and no benefits, little input into program planning, and loss of status. The interview schedule and survey instrument are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Case Studies, Community Colleges, Community Services, Educational Legislation, Fees, Financial Problems, Financial Support, Interviews, Literature Reviews, Noncredit Courses, Politics of Education, Property Taxes, Questionnaires, Tax Allocation, Two Year Colleges
University Microfilms, P.O. Box 1764, Ann Arbor, MI 48106 (Order No. 1304704).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Identifiers - Location: California