“Inland community colleges need more money to add students than those in any other part of the state, a new report concludes. The Oakland-based group California Competes says Riverside and San Bernardino counties should get almost 15,000 of the 40,000 seats that Gov. Jerry Brown proposed adding in his budget.”
“The Inland Empire has a low percentage of adults with degrees, high unemployment and more poverty, factors the report used to determine the need for more community college students.”
“The California Community Colleges chancellor’s office disagreed with the recommendations, saying, ‘Access to a college education should not be denied based on geographic location,’ state Vice Chancelllor Paul Fiest said.”
So, the Governor sees the need in the Inland Empire for more access to educational commodity and the Chancellors office disagrees? Why? Isn’t the mission of the Chancellors office to provide access equally, and if access is less in some areas of the state than others, shouldn’t they want to equalize that metric?
Presently, the Board of Governors at the Chancellor’s Office is reviewing options for a new funding model. It would go a long way if that new model would incorporate a metric for those districts with the lowest participation levels in the state to receive an extra “bump” in growth dollars to catch up to state averages.
MSJC should be lobbying for exactly that new metric. Without such, the district can never catch up.