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IMPACT OF GOV. BROWN'S MAY REVISE ON CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Gov. Jerry Brown recently revised his projections for the state's budget deficit. This PDF presentation outlines the impacts to the system. (pdf)

Watch the May 15, 2012 budget webinar with panelists Chancellor Jack Scott and Vice Chancellor of College Finance Dan Troy: (video)



PRESENTATION ON CUMULATIVE IMPACTS OF BUDGET CUTS TO CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Presentation on the cumulative impacts of recent California Community Colleges budget cuts. (pdf/ppt)

California Community Colleges Key Facts

Value to California:

  • California community colleges educate 70 percent of our state’s nurses.
  • California community colleges train 80 percent of firefighters, law enforcement personnel and emergency medical technicians.
  • Twenty-nine percent of University of California and 51 percent of California State University graduates started at a California community college.
  • Transfer students from the California Community Colleges to the University of California system currently account for 48 percent of UC’s bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • California community colleges offer associate degrees and short-term job training certificates in more than 175 fields, and more than 100,000 individuals are trained each year in industry-specific workforce skills.
  • Nearly 42 percent of all California veterans receiving GI educational benefits attend a California community college for workforce training, to earn an associate degree or to work toward transferring to a four-year university.

High Return on College Education:

  • The California Community Colleges is the largest provider of workforce training in the state and nation.
  • For every $1 California invests in students who graduate from college, it will receive a net return on investment of $4.50.
  • Californians with a college degree will earn $400,000 more in their lifetime than their peers with only a high school diploma.
  • Students who earn a degree or certificate from a California community college nearly double their earnings within three years.
  • Attending or graduating from a community college doubles an individual’s chance of finding a job compared to those who failed to complete high school.
  • The California Community Colleges is the state’s most cost-effective system of education – the revenue needed to support one full-time community college student is slightly more than $5,000 per year.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that occupations that require an associate degree will grow by 18 percent through 2020 – faster than the new job growth for those with a bachelor’s degree.

Workforce Skills Gap:

  • Undergraduate demand for the three public systems of higher education in California is expected to grow by 387,000 students by 2019.
  • The Public Policy Institute of California estimates by 2025 California will face a shortage of 1 million college degree and certificate holders needed to fuel its workforce.
  • With baby boomers retiring as the best educated and most skilled workforce in U.S. history, labor experts are concerned that California will lack workers with the critical aptitude needed to replace them.

Distance Education Fact Sheet:

  • California community colleges lead the way in distance education:
  • Of all courses offered at California’s community colleges, 12.3 percent are offered through distance education, and it is estimated that nearly half of all courses have some online component.
  • California community colleges first started offering distance education courses in 1979.
  • Of the 2.4 million students enrolled in 2011-2012 academic year, 621,501 took at least one distance education course.
  • The average course load of all California community college students in 2011-12 was 12 units. The average course load of students who enrolled in distance education courses was 15 units.
  • Distance education almost doubled from 21,414 sessions in 2005-06 to 41,354 in 2011-12.
  • Two age categories – 18 to 19 and 20 to 24 – account for 61 percent of those enrolled in distance education courses in 2011-12.
  • Thirty-seven percent of students surveyed in 2011 said they enrolled in at least one distance education course because of the convenience.
  • Fifty-one percent of California’s community colleges offer certificates and degrees that can be earned without stepping onto campus for classes. This typically includes a combination of both online and television courses.
  • The Internet provides California community college students with 94 percent of the distance education offerings. Television is next with 8 percent, followed by correspondence (2 percent) and video conferencing (1 percent).

General Facts:

  • With more than 2.1 million students on 113 campuses, the California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the United States.
  • One in every five community college students in the nation attends a California community college.
  • Most of the 113 colleges are on the semester system, but Foothill, De Anza and Lake Tahoe community colleges are on the quarter system.
  • Three out of every 10 Californians ages 18-24 are currently enrolled in a community college.
  • Over 67 percent of California community college students are people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and roughly 53 percent are female.

Student Demographics by Ethnicity for 2015-16

African-American

6.41%

Native American

0.44%

Asian

11.56%

Filipino

2.8%

Hispanic

42.48%

Pacific Islander

0.43%

White

27.42%

Multi-Ethnicity

3.73%

Unknown

4.72%

 

Student Demographics by Age for 2015-16

≤19

25.87%

20-24

31.67%

25-29

13.92%

30-34

7.82%

 35 and over
 20.7%
 Unknown  0.02%
 

Student Demographics by Gender for 2015-16

Female

53.31%

Male

45.54%

Unknown

1.15%

California Community Colleges Fee History:

Fiscal Year

Fee (per unit)

1984-85

$5*

1991-92

$6

1993-94

$10

1994-95

$13

1998-99

$12

1999-00

$11

2003-04

$18

2004-05

$26

2006-07

$20

2009-10

$26

2011-12

$36

Summer 2012

$46

*Prior to 1984, community colleges charged no fee

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