The California Community College system is the largest engine fueling the economy of California while educating and improving the lives of millions of people every year.
Please check out this study that argues that legislators and policy makers have a unique opportunity to keep California at the forefront of a transformational experience for students who are most underprepared and economically disadvantaged. A guiding principle for this paper is that while California’s various governmental budgetary systems are categorical and operate within a system of allotments and constraints, there is a larger general economy that should be taken into consideration. Where would a relatively modest infusion of funds provide the greatest return for the advancement of both California’s general economy and for its residents? The non-ambiguous answer is a community college system with a substantive core of full-time tenured faculty and part-time faculty who are appropriately compensated for their participation in the life of the institution through the provision of job security, equitable salary, and respect for their services.