Gov. Gray Davis last week released his proposed 2001-2002 state budget to provide $447.4 million to the California Community Colleges, representing a 7.7 percent increase over the current year budget.
Of that, $113.6 million would fund 3 percent growth and classes for an additional 31,000 full-time equivalent students.
The governor's budget directs $70 million to improving student access to top-quality faculty regardless of part-time employment status. Of that, $62 million would be available for colleges to increase part-time faculty pay toward a goal of making part-time faculty earnings equivalent to full-time faculty compensation, and $7.8 million would be available to increase the number of part-time faculty holding office hours for community college students.
"The Board of Governors applauds the governor's continuing efforts to invest in our community college students and faculty," said Richard Leib, president of the California Community Colleges board.
"This is the best funding start for our community colleges ever and will assure that we keep open the door to the classrooms of the new economy," Leib said.