Whereas, California's state budget cycles are intricately linked to partisan and interest-group politics;
Whereas, Our community colleges continue to face disproportionate budget cuts as compared to theK-12, CSU and UC systems;
Whereas, It has become clear that these other groups have generated higher levels of budgetary support, in part, by being better prepared to participate in the political process; and
Whereas, Effective educational planning depends on a predictable, multi-year income stream;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges develop a process that will result in a plan of action to increase the state Legislature's support for California community colleges to the level of an equal partner in California's higher education system;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges invite the full participation of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) and union representatives in the development of this plan; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges develop a plan for engaging local senates and unions in the implementation of such a plan of action and present a preliminary version of this plan to include a timeline of specific events at the Fall 2003 Plenary Session.
The Legislative Committee has developed a plan for each college to take an active role at the local level. The first step of the plan will be a pilot project involving colleges that have legislators on the education committees.