Budget and Finance

Full-Time Faculty Hiring Obligation

Whereas, A central core of regular, full-time faculty remains essential to the creation and maintenance of educational institutions of excellence;

Whereas, It would be imprudent to suspend the California Community College System commitment and obligation to maintain a faculty core sufficient to ensure educational programs and services of excellence for our students; and

Investing in Basic Skills Education is Essential for Social Progress

Whereas, More than half of all students coming into community colleges need basic skills courses for college success;

Whereas, A growing proportion of students who need basic skills courses are also those who are returning to education after a number of years and for whom basic skills education provides a transition back into the classroom; and

Protection of Threatened Disciplines

Whereas, Legislators and policy makers have been discussing proposals to fund specific disciplines for example, exercise science/physical education and music) differentially;

Whereas, The general education of students should include exposure to a vast array of coursework intended to improve the educational experience and quality of life for the student; and

Whereas, Differential funding of courses would negatively affect students, prevent colleges from fulfilling their stated missions and create fiscal hardship for individual institutions;

Rejection of Funding Mechanisms

Whereas the Chancellor and the Board of Governors have committed the system to a performance based approach for additional funding for the California community colleges, and

Whereas the use of student achievement indicators to distribute additional funds will have differential impacts on college and district budgets depending on the demographics of the service area, and

Noncredit Funding

Whereas California community colleges are facing a funding problem that affects our instructional programs in noncredit and impacts our students every day, and

Whereas the current noncredit FTES allocation of $1,786 is inadequate to address the needs of noncredit students, and

Whereas the current ADA allocation for adult education is $1,924, and

Whereas there is currently an opportunity to solve this problem in the Governor's budget for next year,

Enrollment Management

Whereas the new monies provided to community colleges require growth of the number of students served, and

Whereas the offering of new sections of classes has an impact upon college and student services, such as, but not limited to, tutoring, counseling, clerical staffing, duplicating, custodial services, and media technical support, and

Whereas there is currently no provision for a formula or a pro-rata percentage for each added class to determine the appropriate allocation of resources to assure student success and a well-run college;

Partnership for Excellence Funding

Whereas, Partnership for Excellence funds are integral to college budgets and essential to the success of California community college students; and

Whereas, The Legislature is discussing whether to eliminate Partnership for Excellence funding or to roll existing Partnership for Excellence funding into base funding;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Legislature and the Governor to maintain existing funding currently designated as Partnership for Excellence.

Budget Accountability Act

Whereas, The California community colleges suffer when passage of the state budget is delayed;

Whereas, The "Budget Accountability Act" would promote timely passage of the state budget by encouraging responsible behavior by the Legislature and the Governor; and

Whereas, The "Budget Accountability Act" is supported by the California Community College Board of Governors;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support the March 2004 "Budget Accountability Act" ballot initiative.

Equity in Funding for California Community Colleges

Whereas, The state funds individual community college districts at widely varying levels, ranging on a per FTES basis from a low of$3,493 to a high of $8,209 in the 2001-02 fiscal year;

Whereas, Districts that are funded below the average level nonetheless are required to meet the same state mandates as higher funded districts but with fewer resources and yet managed to provide 67% of testate total FTES in 2001-2002;

Full-Time Faculty Obligation

Whereas, There have been recent Title 5 changes in how districts should address their respective state mandated full-time faculty obligation, including their progress toward achieving a ratio of 75% of classes taught by full-time faculty to 25% taught by part-time faculty (Title 551025);

Whereas, There is tremendous confusion and misinformation about how the new guidelines should be applied locally;

Whereas, Some administrators and local boards may be tempted to restrict the number of full-time faculty being hired in misguided effort to save money; and


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