California community colleges did something counterintuitive last year, and that may put them in a strong position to rebound in 2013 with help from Proposition 30 and increased state revenues.
Even as the 112-college system was getting hit with an $809 million budget cut in recent years, it was developing and slowly rolling out a comprehensive reform plan. Now, with Gov. Brown proposing to increase community college funding by $196.7 million and some financial breathing room in sight, officials see an opportunity to speed up the process.
“There’s been some very significant progress; we feel that we laid some cornerstones last year that will fundamentally reshape how community colleges operate going forward,” said Erik Skinner, Executive Vice Chancellor for Programs in the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.