ERIC Number: ED407956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The California Community College Crisis: A Study of Mission, Governance, and Funding, 1981-1987.
Erickson, Lowell Janes
This report describes a financial and governance crisis that occurred in the California Community Colleges between 1981 and 1987. Following prefatory materials, chapter 1 provides an overview of the system, describing growth between 1950 and 1980, funding, governance, and the colleges' mission. Chapter 2 presents background to the crisis up to 1981, highlighting the beginnings of the system from 1907 to 1945; its separation from public schools in 1969; and the effects of 1978's Proposition 13, which reduced property taxes and thus college revenues. Chapter 3 discusses the onset of the crisis from 1981 to 1983, including controversy over the colleges' mission, cuts in state aid, and plans to implement student fees for the first time, while chapter 4 reviews the continuation of the crisis from 1983 to 1985, including a standoff between the colleges and the state's Governor over funding and the fee controversy, as well as state legislation and other efforts to reform college mission and governance. Chapter 5 discusses the climax of the crisis in 1985-86, highlighting reform efforts made by a new system chancellor, efforts to review the colleges' funding mechanism, and recommendations to revise the state's Master Plan and address problems of governance and access. The final chapters review the end of the crisis in 1986-87 with a new budget and summarize issues related to mission, governance, and funding. Contains 148 references. (HAA)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Valley Coll., Van Nuys, CA.