July 29th, 2009
As noted in an from Chancellor Jack Scott, these are somthings that we should consider as we move to the future:
The Challenges Ahead
While I would like nothing more than to tell you that we anticipate a strong recovery of the state budget in the near future, this is not the case. California’s fiscal crisis is rooted first and foremost in the worldwide economic collapse. While the world and U.S. economies have shown some signs of turnaround in recent months, all indications are that the recovery will be slow and take an extended period of time. Further, the California economy, the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis, appears to be on an even slower course to recovery than the rest of the nation. Until the economy regains its strength, the California state budget will continue its struggles.
Focusing on Key Priorities
As we move forward though these difficult times, the work of the California Community Colleges has never been more important. Unemployed Californians rely on the community colleges for the retraining they need to find employment and advance in their chosen professions. Students displaced from UC and CSU due to budget cuts will come to our doors to begin their higher educations. California businesses depend on the community colleges to provide the skilled workers needed to compete and prosper in the today’s global economy. While the budget cuts we have experienced will make it harder for us to meet these needs and there is no question our overall capacity to serve students will diminish, we must do what we can with the resources we are provided to meet these critical needs.
These tough times will not last forever, however. When we look back, the test of our worth will be how well we managed to meet the critical educational needs of Californians during challenging fiscal times and how well we preserved the core instructional and student support infrastructure of our colleges. In the weeks and months ahead, I assure you that I will be doing everything possible to look out for the interests of the community colleges in the state budget process and will provide you with timely and accurate updates concerning new developments.
More and more students will be going the community college route and the system will have its work cut out for it. We will be working together to help students receive quality service with the resources available.
Filed under: Budget, College Students. Tagged: california budget, california budget crisis, student support services
July 27th, 2009
On July 9th, the CSU system announced “Budget Cuts Force CSU to Close 2010 Spring Admissions.” This is a huge blow for our community college students and the california community college system as a whole. Students that find themselves in the middle of this new turn of events should speak to a college counselor to identify alternatives and a plan for you to follow.
Who will be admitted?
“Only fully-eligible first-time freshmen, upper division undergraduate transfers or graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants who have applied for admission prior to July 6, 2009 may be offered admission to the 2010 winter term,” said Jeri Echeverria, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer.
Filed under: Budget, California State Universities, College Admissions, College Students, community college. Tagged: budget cuts, California Community College, California tate University, college, College Admissions, csu admissions, csu applications, transfer students, university
February 20th, 2009. 0 comments
Earlier this week, after 45.5 hours in “lockdown,” the State Senate finally broke its impasse and approved a budget package addressing the state’s fiscal crisis. The Assembly passed the budget package shortly thereafter, sending it to the Governor for signature. The package covers both the current year (2008-09) and the budget year (2009-10) and contains significant budget cuts and new taxes impacting every sector of the budget and giving every constituency something to hate.
Highlights of the budget package just passed by the Legislature are provided below.
$41 Billion in budget solutions (2008-09 and 2009-10, combined):
- $15.8 billion in expenditure reductions, including $13.3 billion in cuts and $1.8 billion in other reductions (delays, fund shifts)
- $14.4 billion in temporary tax increases
- $11.4 billion in borrowing
- $1 billion reserve
California Community Colleges, current year (2008-09):
- $39.8 million cut to eliminate the 0.68 COLA
- $3.6 million reduction to capture unspent prior-year funds
- $4 million cut to mandate payments
- $340 million in apportionment funding deferred from January, February, March, and April to be repaid in July (this replaces the existing $245 million deferral that was added to the community college budget in 2008-09). This new deferral is likely to be a permanent feature of our budget.
- Delay repayment of existing $200 million June-to-July deferral, now to be repaid in October. This change is assumed to be permanent.
California Community Colleges, budget year (2009-10):
- No COLA
- $185.4 million augmentation to fund 3 percent enrollment growth
- The budget does not include categorical flexibility provisions for the colleges
- The budget does not include student fee increases
- The budget does not include other policy changes that have been discussed in recent weeks (property tax shortfall protection, lowering funding rates for certain courses, etc.) Such policy proposals will be heard in policy committees or budget hearings during the Spring.
- The budget maintains funding for the Cal Grant program. The proposal to eliminate new Competitive Cal Grants was rejected.
Filed under: Budget. Tagged: Budget, Cal Grants, Community Colleges, Funding, Grants, Taxes