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ERIC Number: ED473287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Pages: 31
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Performance Funding in California: Performance on Demand--Payment Unavailable. Law, Politics and Economics of Higher Education.
Fulks, Janet
No one could have anticipated the devastating results of the political, legal, and economic events occurring in California after the year 2000 and producing stiff competition for education dollars. Community colleges were among the hardest hit by state budget deficits, with over $100 million cut from an already conservative budget. Since expectations and outcomes are not reduced or eliminated from the formula when funding is reduced, community colleges are further challenged. The author asserts that performance-based funding is a trend with both positive and negative impacts. Californias community colleges have been funded at almost $2000 beneath the national average per full-time-equivalent (FTE) student for the last five fiscal years. The chancellors office allocates $3,554 per FTE student, compared with a national average of $6,025 in 1995. Adjusted for inflation, FTE student funding in 1995 was actually 6% less than in 1975. Partnership for Excellence was developed in conjunction with legislators and the CCC Chancellors Office in an attempt to make up the funding shortfall. In 2001, the state chancellor was asked to make the initial performance outcomes more rigorous. However, the promised yearly augmentation for Partnership for Excellence still has not occurred, resulting in an inability to make long-term future plans to address the outcomes. Notes in particular the effects on the Kern County Community College District and Bakersfield College. Contains 22 references. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Language: English
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