ERIC Number: ED341442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan-10
Reference Count: N/A
Special Study Session, California Community Colleges Board of Governors. Special Study. (Sacramento, California, January 10, 1992).
California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Board of Governors.
In 1992, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges held a special study session on how the system should respond if resources were not sufficient to fund the colleges' role within the Master Plan for Higher Education. This report summarizes testimony provided during the session, which focused on the following themes: college mission; access; enrollment priorities; governance; and finance. The first presentations are by representatives of the California Community College Trustees Association, the Chief Executive Offices of the California Community Colleges, the Academic Senate, and the California Student Association of Community Colleges. Next, the report offers 22 presentations by various districts, associations, and coalitions, and individuals. As the whole, the presenters felt that it was essential that the community colleges' role be maintained as set forth in the master plan. While several speakers emphasized one or another of the colleges' major functions (e.g., transfer and career education, basic skills, and English as a second language) as having priority, most testimony gave equal weight to each. The open access philosophy of the master plan was considered most at risk from the continued underfunding of the community colleges. Most speakers addressed the issue of who is to enroll in classes when resources are scarce. While there was substantial agreement on the need to set such priorities locally, there was less agreement on the desired specifics of such priorities. Most speakers reiterated the need to make decisions about curriculum and enrollment priorities at the local level. In general, speakers argued against any increase in the flat enrollment fee. With respect to the Board of Governors' Basic Agenda, speakers' comments focused on ensuring educational quality, implementing state legislative reform mandates, improving the system's image, accommodating enrollment demand, fostering diversity, and providing assistance in economic development. (JMC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Board of Governors.