ERIC Number: ED432324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-1
Reference Count: N/A
The State of the California Community Colleges, 1998.
Nussbaum, Thomas J.
This paper describes the extent to which California has met its three commitments for community colleges: restoring access, improving funding per student, and funding facilities needs. With regard to restoring access to higher education and workforce preparation, there was an increase in the participation rate from 58/1000 adults in California to 61/1000 (fall 1995 and fall 1998 respectively). The State is attempting to increase access and participation to 73/1000 adults by 2005. In terms of improving funding per student, the State is considerably behind: In 1995-1996 the national average of per-student funding was $6,022 at the community college. California's community colleges were funded at $3,533 per student in the same year. California hopes to reach $6,500 per-student funding by 2005; however, the national average of per-student funding is projected to be over $8,000 by 2005. The legislators approved a number of funding measures for facilities needs, which provided local and state funds for restoration, maintenance, and new facilities. A call is made for California to commit to shared governance models, increase the use of and training in technology, increase the overall budget, and successfully implement the Partnership for Excellence program. California should resolve the full-time/part-time faculty issue, recommit to diverse communities, increase transfer and program completion, increase marketing, develop more partnerships, and improve student learning and leadership development. (TGO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.