VATEA Grants to Local Colleges

Resolution Number
Assigned to
Vocational Education Committee
Career Technical Education

Whereas until 1991/92 federal vocational monies were allocated by formula and, beginning with that funding cycle, allocations were made by competitive grants to local colleges with the total state allocations in each title area (e.g., Title II-B, Single Parent/Gender Equity) determined by federal funding formulas, and

Whereas RFA's (Request For Applications) are sent by the Chancellor's Office to local colleges and are evaluated following priorities and procedures in the state plan (California State Plan For Use of Carl D. Perkins Funds: 1994-96. Draft. January, 1994) with the grant review process including forty faculty members recommended by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, and

Whereas prior to this year, subject matter experts (e.g., those working in the area of gender equity, single parent education, and so forth) both from the field and in the Chancellor's Office reviewed applications for awards to local colleges (results of the 1994-95 cycle of grant awards were revised and released for first reading at the Board of Governors September meeting), and

Whereas the results of this revised application review process has been considerable neglect of the needs of many segments of the population necessitating "reviewing the scoring criteria for grants, especially those that are designed to impact disadvantaged students, to see how urban and rural areas with high concentrations of poor and/or ethnic minorities might be targeted" [Phoebe Helm. Vice Chancellor, 9/14/94].

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges seek to hold the Chancellor's Office accountable for using the appropriate processes for determining the priorities for VATEA funding including the use of the consultation process for review and prioritization of the recommended funding criteria before forwarding to the Board of Governors for approval, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Chancellor's Office to make a more extensive effort to inform and train representatives from local colleges to assure wider knowledge of the priorities and procedures in the state plan, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges take a leadership role in the training of faculty in reading and reviewing VATEA grant applications. M/S/U Disposition: Board of Governors, Chancellor's Office, CCCAOE. Executive Committee. Local Senates