ERIC Number: ED402980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
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A New State Policy on Community College Student Charges. Commission Report 95-1.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
This report provides California Postsecondary Education Commission recommendations for developing a long-term fee policy for the state's community colleges. Following background information on the legislative mandate to review postsecondary fee policies, demographic and fiscal challenges confronting California are described, indicating that the increasing numbers of students are threatening the state's goal of affordable education for all. The Commission's philosophy regarding access for all students and five principles underlying the fee recommendations are then described. Finally, 10 recommendations for a community college fee policy are presented, including that the Board of Governors annually recommend fee levels to the Legislature, that fee changes be gradual and moderate, that fees continue to be assessed on a per-unit basis, that fee waivers and adequate information on waivers and financial aid continue to be provided, and that alternative sources of funding be identified. The bulk of the report provides the following three appendixes: (1) a discussion of policy questions related to community college student charges, including the state's current financial situation, the current status of fees and financial aid at community colleges, and issues that should guide the development of a new policy; (2) a review of funding sources, instructional expenditures, courses offered, student characteristics, financial aid, and enrollment changes at the colleges; and (3) a report on four Commission recommendations for developing undergraduate student fee policies. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.