ERIC Number: ED454936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb-28
Reference Count: N/A
Written Testimony of Thomas J. Nussbaum, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, [presented to the] Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance.
Nussbaum, Thomas J.
This written testimony, presented to the California State Assembly on February 28, 2001, by Thomas J. Nussbaum, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges (CCC), presents statistics for the financial state of the California Community College System, in comparison to both other states and to the California K-12, California State University (CSU), and University of California (UC) systems. The CCC spends, under an improved 2000-2001 budget, $4,675 per full-time equivalent student (FTES). The national average for 1998-1999 (and since increased) was $6,300 per student. California's K-12 funding is $7,080. The CSU funding is $10,822 per FTES, and the UC funding is $25,554 per FTES. Nussbaum estimates that these budgets are 70% of the national average. Due to this low level of funding, the CCC's are forced to make decisions that affect the quality of education in ways that include the following: (1) class sizes are significantly larger than the national average; (2) part-time instructors are often used when full-time instructors are needed; (3) instructional equipment is often outdated; (4) creation or expansion of high cost programs (often including occupational programs) is impeded; (5) staff and leadership development is decreased; (6) deferred maintenance and modernizing of facilities is foregone; and (7) student-to-counselor ratios are very high. (NB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.