Whereas, The 1960 California Master Plan for Higher Education expressed the intent that access and affordability are the principles on which California public education stands;
Whereas, Based on these principles the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has a long-standing position against fees for public higher education, a position that unfortunately has not been upheld by the Legislature;
Whereas, Given the current budget crisis in California, conversations at all levels of government and agencies both within and outside of California are focused on an increase in student fees; and
Whereas, Fee increases are almost certain to occur over the next several years, and faculty in California community colleges should have a voice in the discussion of these increases other than blanket opposition;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage participants in fiscal and other discussions to advocate for the lowest possible student fees in order to maintain the greatest possible access for students in California community colleges.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates
Senate representatives will continue to advocate for principles included in this resolution during future conversations about fees.