Meeting Notes - January 28, 2014
1) Approve the Notes from November 12, 2013
Watson reviewed the notes which were approved as read.
2) Review of Preliminary State Budget 2014-15
Watson shared a handout from the District Budget committee and reviewed the information.
State Chancellor Brice Harris calls the governor’s budget proposal the best in recent memory for community college students. This is good news for us as we continue to address our district’s anticipated structural deficit, projected at $5 million to $6 million for 2014-15. We face this ongoing challenge because of our enrollment declines.
We’ll keep you updated as we analyze what the governor’s budget proposal means for Foothill-De Anza. Meanwhile, here are some key line items affecting community colleges, including funding increases over the prior year:
Additional information and analysis can be found using these links:
Office of the Governor (press release) http://gov.ca.gov/home.php
California Department of Finance (budget documents)
Community College League of California (summary)
California Legislative Analyst’s Office (fiscal outlook) http://www.lao.ca.gov
The governor’s proposal is just the start of the state budget development process. Changes undoubtedly will occur over the next six months as the Legislature weighs in. It will be important for all members of our college community to engage in advocacy efforts supporting the governor’s budget as there will be pressure from many quarters to divert dollars to other priorities.
DASB requested more information on how the Honors Program works at De Anza with a view to either expand or terminate funding for this program. Many other Colleges (Foothill & West Valley) have more robust Honors Programs with transfer agreements in place. The DASB would contact Rowena Tomaneng to discuss this matter.
Hieu Nguyen is moving to the new Online Education Initiative grants position
Sirisha Pingali is in the FHDA grants monitor position
Free tax service available organized by the Outreach Department.
Present: Bryant, Gerard, Goodwin, Mieso, Watson, DASB Student. Apologies from Jeanpierre & Cruz.
Contact: Pippa Gibson