Additional reporting by Sue Frey
Gov. Brown’s spending plan for community colleges reflects the new focus in the state’s 112-campus community college system on increasing graduation and transfer rates through a combination of technology, smoother pathways to Cal State University and, for students, tough love.
His budget would invest an additional $196.7 million in community colleges and leave it up to the Board of Governors to decide how it should be allotted. An additional $179 million would go toward continuing to pay back those IOUs known as deferrals, which total $801 million.