Budget and Finance

California Tele-connect Fund

Whereas, The California Pubic Utilities Commission (CPUC) collects a small fee from every phone bill called the "Interstate Fee" which goes into the California Tele-connect Fund;

Whereas, The purpose of these fees is to provide service assistance to those public entities that promote utilization of telecommunication services, which includes public sector education segments, but does not include the California community colleges; and

Funding for Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Training and Development

Whereas, Student Learning Outcomes are seen by many as fundamental to developing quality curriculum that better serves students and also meets the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Accreditation Standards; and

Whereas, At the January 2007 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Accreditation Institute, Chancellor Drummond addressed the participants and indicated his plan to request additional funding to support the development and assessment of Student Learning Outcomes;

Aligning Credit/Noncredit Attendance Counting

Whereas, In 1991, when credit and noncredit attendance counting were changed from the Average Daily Attendance (ADA) system to FTES, credit attendance counting was allowed five scheduling patterns (semester length-census, less than semester length-census, irregularly scheduled-positive attendance, open entry/open exit-positive attendance, and independent study/work experience), while noncredit attendance counting was limited to only two scheduling patterns (open entry/open exit - positive attendance and independent study/work experience);

Use of Noncredit Funding Augmentations

Whereas, The noncredit apportionment rate will be increased in 2006-2007 for courses that meet the SB 361 (2006) criteria for "career development and college preparation" and are intended to support noncredit programs and instruction, and these noncredit funding augmentations are new, ongoing general fund monies that Districts receive from the state;

Redirection of Unused Growth Funding for Noncredit

Whereas, Noncredit programs offer courses essential, important, and vital to the mission of the California community colleges;

Whereas, Over 800,000 students enroll in noncredit courses and programs every year, and these noncredit programs and courses provide a demonstrated gateway to enrollment in credit, entry or re-entry into employment, and critical life skills;

Concerns about Unequal Funding

Whereas, Both credit and noncredit programs and courses play a crucial role in offering a full spectrum of educational opportunities to address the needs of a state population that is diverse, aging, under-prepared, under-educated, and under-employed;

Redirection of Unused Growth Funding for Faculty and Staff Development

Whereas, Policies for faculty professional development activities is an academic and professional matter of local academic senates, as stated in 53200 of Title 5;

Whereas, The funding for faculty and staff development has been removed from the community college state budget for the last four years; and

Whereas, Faculty development is a critical component to assist faculty in staying current in their disciplines, which helps to promote student success;

Amend 5.02 - Noncredit Funding

Replace the resolve:

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, with appropriate representation from noncredit faculty and experts, participate in studies and task forces requested by the Consultation Council and established by the Chancellor, regarding budget proposals to increase apportionment funding for noncredit courses and programs.

Faculty Development Funding

Whereas, The Governor did not include any faculty development funding in his 2005-06 budget; and

Whereas, Most California community colleges have exhausted their faculty development funds carried over from 2001-02 (the last time the System received a funding allocation for this purpose);

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Governor to support the System proposal of including $2.5 million of one-time funding for faculty development plus $2.5 million of on-going funding in the 2005-06 revised Governor's budget; and

Urban Districts

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the urban districts to work through the AB 3409 Finance Task Force representatives in the development of a long-term funding mechanism so that the community colleges continue to work in the best interests of all California Community College students, both urban and rural, and so that the community colleges speak on this issue with a unified voice.


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