ERIC Number: ED454937
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] Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1: Overview of the California Community Colleges.
Nussbaum, Thomas J.
This testimony presents an overview of the budgetary needs of the California Community College system for the fiscal year 2001-2002. Thomas J. Nussbaum, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, makes a case for a requested budget increase of between $750 million and $800 million per year. The request is based in large part on the funding gap between California's community colleges and the rest of the nation, which currently stands at 65 cents on the dollar. Nussbaum proposes a budget that would decrease the gap from 65 cents to 85 cents on the dollar by 2005. Because of the budget gap, California's community colleges: (1) have significantly larger class sizes than the national average; (2) often use part-time instructors when full-time instructors should be utilized; (3) often have outdated instructional equipment; (4) often avoid expanding or creating high-cost programs; (5) forego the need to attend to staff and leadership development; (6) forego modernizing facilities and keeping up with maintenance; and (7) have very high student-counselor ratios. This paper proposes financial augmentation to: (1) accommodate the increased enrollment expected in the next decade; (2) better compensate part-time faculty; (3) improve student outcomes; (4) ensure equitable revenues to support students statewide; (5) expand the use of technology; (6) improve noncredit courses; and (7) expand and make improvements in other areas. (NB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.