Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has a long and consistent history of resolutions that oppose both the introduction of and subsequent increases in mandatory student fees in the California Community College System;
Whereas, Recent fee changes have increased student fees by 136%, have doubled the revenue collected in student fees and have reduced the level of state support (Proposition 98 dollars per funded FTES) and constitute an increased user tax on those least able to pay;
Whereas, There is considerable pressure from legislators for further student fee increases; and
Whereas, Increases in student fees result in reduced diversity in the student population;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage all faculty and local senates to use the paper What's Wrong with Student Fees? Renewing the Commitment to No-Fee, Open-Access Community Colleges in California to continue engaging in the debate over student fees and to continue advocating for the reduction and eventual elimination of mandatory fees in California community colleges.
Document distributed to ICAS members for development of a White Paper on higher education issues. Document provided to Board of Governors members following fees discussion in Fall 2005.