Whereas, The paradigm of the California community colleges has for the past four decades increasingly been one of inclusion for all populations; and both state and federal law, as well as respect for human diversity and need, call for California community colleges to provide services and programs to include students with disabilities and socioeconomic disadvantages;
Whereas, It is clear through both research and anecdotal experience that sound practices in student orienting, academic advising and educational goal-setting are key elements of success for all students;
Whereas, Students with disabilities and socioeconomic disadvantages are among the most vulnerable members of the population served by California community colleges and, as such, are particularly dependent upon the scope and quality of programs for inclusion that facilitate their ability to obtain education in the California community colleges; and
Whereas, Previous state budget cuts to the counseling, financial aid, admissions and records, and transfer offices have already had a negative impact on the delivery of information and services critical to the access and success of all students; and the proposed state budget cuts ordered by the Governor's Office to reduce funding for Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS), Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and matriculation services would dramatically decrease the ability of these student service areas to address the needs of our student community;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges reaffirm our past resolutions in support of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) and matriculation and oppose selective state budget cuts in the targeted student services areas of matriculation, DSPS and EOPS.
Reached system consensus regarding 04-05 budget on these matters.