Student Equity: Ongoing Funding Commitment

Resolution Number
Assigned to
Legislative and Advocacy Committee
Diversity and Equity
Status Report

2017 - 18: Committee to determine how best to address this recommendation.

Whereas, The California Community College Board of Governors has recognized the fundamental importance of student equity to the future of community colleges and to the society that is the State of California;

Whereas, Although the governor and legislature have made statements of support for student equity, SB 1456 (Lowenthal, 2012) does not provide a long-term commitment to any particular funding level;

Whereas, As the ASCCC Equity Action and Diversity Action Committee has observed that the requirements to simultaneously produce a Student Equity Plan and an Student Success and Support plan have created stress for faculty in California community colleges; and

Whereas, The suddenness of both planning requirements and funding has led to new ideas and programs, the effectiveness of which are only beginning to be shown and studied;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Board of Governors to press the governor and the legislature for a long-term commitment for funding directed at student equity efforts as a matter of both urgency and priority; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local academic senates to work with their administrations, boards of trustees, and local legislators to promote the passage of legislation providing long-term levels of funding to allow implementation and sharing of the most promising approaches to student equity.