District-by-district Analyses of Impacts of Budget Cuts
May 26, 2009
I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend, and had the chance to honor those that are serving our country and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We're proud that community colleges are serving 16,000 (76%) of the 21,000 veterans and dependents using GI Bill benefits in California's public colleges and univerties.
Today, the budget debate resumes in Sacramento, with Conference Committee scheduled to continue discussing the governor's budget proposals at 1:30 p.m. today. (http://188.8.131.52/SEN-4203 listen http://www.calchannel.com/>watch)
This morning, the League released district-by-district analyses of the http://www.ccleague.net/impact/index.html impact of the budget cuts. On the League's Advocacy Center website, you can learn how many students your local district is expected to lose and what the 58.8% cut means to each categorical program in your district.
The numbers really are amazing. For the community college district that was my gateway to success, Coast CCD, the cuts are projected to push more than 7,000 students out of college. Nearly $5 million would be slashed from programs serving poor and disabled students, and part-time faculty would see wage cuts of nearly $1 million.
The ads you see in this message are running on several political websites geared at state leaders and decisionmakers, and we will be releasing smaller versions for you to put on your own website.
The League also unveiled today a http://www.ccleague.net/impact/athletics.html campaign to persuade the Legislature to reject the 40% cut to community college physical education courses. These programs serve thousands of students who, without athletics, might not have given college a chance. Thumb through the media guides of many professional teams and most Division I athletic programs and you'll find that, without community colleges, these athletes wouldn't be setting records today.
Did you know that, before breaking the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers and before being the first student-athlete to letter in four sports at UCLA, Jackie Robinson lettered in four sports at Pasadena City College?
Many student athletes are successful athletically in high school, but are not prepared academically for the four-year university of their choice (not unlike the vast majority of high school students). Through community college, they can continue their athletic progress while getting their grades in order, leading to the chance to get a four-year degree, often with a scholarship. Because this route is particularly important for students who come from lower income neighborhoods and are the first in their family to go to college, the elimination of community college athletic programs would disproportionately hit lower income and minority students.
We are assembling an outstanding list of community college alumni who were distinguished as both athletes and citizens, and invite you to let us know of others or share your own story.
This morning, http://www.ccleague.net/act/ take a moment to visit the League's Advocacy Center, learn about the impact of cuts on your local district and call your legislator to make a difference. We will be adding more to the Advocacy Center as we gather more information, as well as updating it with the latest developments on the budget front.
Thank you for joining us in this effort,
President and Chief Executive Officer