A letter of opposition was sent to the author.
Whereas, Current law and regulation limit community college fee-for-service instruction to community and contract education;
Whereas, Assembly Bill (AB) 515 (Brownley, February 15, 2011) proposes to allow local community college boards the authority, “without approval of the board of governors, to establish and maintain an extension program offering credit courses,” to permit colleges to collect a local fee for services for providing credit instruction to students the college is unable to serve via state apportionment; and
Whereas, While colleges cannot meet the demand for instruction from their funded allocation, a likely consequence of AB 515 as currently proposed would be to provide justification to the Legislature to further reduce public funding for community colleges to meet the educational needs of their local communities by requiring colleges to shift even more instruction to a fee-for-service model;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose Assembly Bill (AB) 515 (Brownley, February 15, 2011) and any initiative that would further shift the use of human, physical, technology, or fiscal resources to a fee-based system that provides access only to those who can afford higher fees.
Bill language: http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0501-0550/ab_515_bill_20110215_introduced.pdf
MSC Disposition: Assemblymember Brownley, Local Senates, Chancellor’s Office, Consultation Council