ERIC Number: ED377921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep-3
How California Colleges Are Coping, 1991 [and] A Summary of Education Issues Facing California Colleges and School Districts.
How Colleges Are Coping, n1 Sep 1991
On May 29, 1991, Governor Pete Wilson signed legislation allowing an $835 million cut in support for education as a step in reducing the California state budget deficit. For the state's 107 community colleges, the loss of an estimated $225 million to $270 million in 1991-92 is particularly problematic in light of anticipated enrollment increases. Individual colleges are responding to the funding deficit by: (1) decreasing spending in operating expenses and delaying equipment purchases; (2) cutting summer courses by up to 50%; (3) not adding course sections when classes are full; (4) cutting administrative positions and reducing administrative salaries; (5) capping enrollments; (6) delaying construction projects; (7) reducing library hours; (8) closing off-campus centers and other facilities; (9) eliminating all English as a Second Language classes; (10) canceling low-enrollment courses; (11) firing part-time staff; (12) eliminating student newspapers; (13) increasing class sizes; (14) reducing clerical positions; (15) reducing travel budgets; (16) implementing 4-day work weeks; (17) borrowing money; and (18) turning away students. The 20-campus California State University (CSU) system's share of the state budget decreased from 4.62% in 1986 to 3.55% in 1991-92, receiving $60 million less in 1991-92 than in 1990-91. The CSU system also dropped classes, laid off professors and support staff, and increased student fees. The University of California's (UC's) proposed budget was cut by $295 million, resulting in fee increases, elimination of pre-calculus and pre-college level English courses, and early retirement incentives. An update on the financial crisis facing education in California includes K-12 information. (KP)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chabot-Las Positas Community Coll. District, Pleasanton, CA.