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Davis budget for community colleges up by 7.7 percent

January 15, 2001|STAFF REPORT

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.


"The governor's proposed budget invests a significant portion of the system's budget priorities at the outset of the budget process. In particular we are very pleased with the governor's support for part-time faculty compensation," said Thomas Nussbaum, chancellor of the 107-college system.

"This is a very significant breakthrough and it will go a long way toward ensuring student access to the very best instructors. The governor's support of our efforts to provide fair and adequate compensation to our part-time faculty, along with expanded office hours for students, is most welcome," Nussbaum said.

Additional features of the governor's budget include:

l $152 million to fund a 3.91 percent cost-of-living adjustment;

l $5 million to expand the teacher and reading development program;

l $11 million for financial aid administration to make sure low-income students who need financial assistance to pay college costs can be served;

l $10 million for instructional materials and libraries; and

l $10 million for scheduled maintenance.

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