Whereas, Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed in his 2004-2005 budget that California Community Colleges (CCCs) absorb 7,000students who would normally be attending the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems;
Whereas, This proposal is essentially an unfunded mandate and may result in fewer offerings and services to students already attending California community colleges and therefore may increase the already existing gap between the resources available to UC and CSU students and those available to CCC students; and
Whereas, The missions of the California Community Colleges as defined in Education Code include instruction in basic skills, vocational education, economic development, and workforce preparation, as well as general education courses for transfer;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates and governing boards to support all aspects of the mission for California community colleges by resisting cuts to Basic Skills and Vocational Education Programs in order to provide courses and/or services for the estimated 7,000 redirected UC and CSU students without concomitant redirected funds from the state.
The Senate has made clear this position to local senates. Given that the number of students who have accepted redirection is quite small and given that the legislature strongly supports restoring funding to UC and CSU, we recommend that this resolution be deemed not necessary and removed.