Governing Board Adopts 2019-20 Budget
The Yuba Community College District 2019-2020 Proposed Adopted Budget was presented to the Governing Board at the September 12 Regular Board meeting. The District is required, each year, to hold a public hearing on the proposed budget and adopt a final budget on, or before, September 15.
The State Budget was signed by the Governor on June 27, 2019. The 2019-20 State Budget for Apportionment is in transition year two of three to a new Student-Centered Funding Formula. Under this formula the revenue for apportionment uses three calculations (1) a Base Allocation, which primarily factors Credit FTES; (2) a Supplemental Allocation, which counts low income students, and (3) a Student Success Allocation, which counts outcomes related to the Vision for Success, with premiums for outcomes of low-income students. In addition, Non-Credit and Special Admit FTES are funded at the current rates. The sources used to support the new funding formula allocations remains the same and includes State General Apportionment with Full-Time Faculty Hiring dollars, Education Protection Act (EPA), Student Enrollment Fees (98%), and Property Taxes.
The adoption of the 2019-20 budget reflects the effective utilization of financial resources to meet the educational goals of the District. With the introduction of the new Student-Centered Funding Formula, the District has some capacity to address long-standing budget principles and established budget stabilization practices. To that end, the focus of the budget is concentrated on the following six areas: (1) balancing the budget; (2) Investing in innovation; (3) investing in Developmental Education Reform; (4) Investing in the Retiree Health Benefits Irrevocable Trust; (5) Restoring a prudent fund balance; and (6) allocate other on-going apportionment sources in accordance with Resource Allocation Methodology.
The 2019-20 budget presents a balanced Unrestricted General Fund (Fund 11), based on the Board’s Principles of Fiscal Planning, Chancellor/District Goals, Boards Annual Budgeting Planning Guidelines and staff prepared Budget Assumptions.
General Fund Unrestricted – Fund 11
Beginning Balance $ 9,400,728
Ending/Designated Fund Balance $ 9,501,165 (15.80%)
The full budget presentation and budget handbooks, adopted by the Governing Board, can be found here: 2019-2020 Final Budget Public Hearing and Adoption
Yuba College Hosts Moving Vietnam Wall Memorial
Yuba College hosted the Moving Vietnam Wall Memorial on Thursday, September 12 through Monday September 16 at the Marysville campus. The Moving Vietnam Wall Memorial is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., which has been touring the country for more than 30 years. The wall travels the country from April through November, spending about a week at each site.
Yuba College hosted an opening ceremony on the campus on Friday, September 13th. The opening ceremony consisted of approximately 20 Vietnam veterans present to honor their fallen service members there to pay respects to those who are prisoners of war and those mission in action as well as community members and leaders. In addition to the Wall, Yuba College also offered an exhibit in its theater filled with Vietnam historical mementos.
In an open email to all YCCD Employees, Chancellor Houston commended the Yuba College leadership for their amazing work in coordinating for The Wall’s display and in organizing a fitting opening ceremony including the Beale AFB Color Guide and a military fly-over.
He reflected that for many of his generation, the Vietnam War was “defining and polarizing” and expressed his thankfulness that our Nation has closed a dark chapter in our history when some in our country acted out their opposition to the war on returning service men and women. Chancellor Houston commented “In recent decades we have seen concerted efforts to celebrate our service members, including Vietnam Veterans, and especially to bring home, with dignity, the fallen.”
Chancellor Houston further expressed his thoughts that the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall is not a memorial to the war; it is not intended to reopen discussions of the ideologies or decisions that led to it or to our Nation’s ultimate withdrawal from that conflict. “If you think on it there are few, if any, war monuments in our country;” Chancellor Houston wrote. “Actually, I can think of none. We have no holidays that commemorate wars. None. We honor those who serve but we do not celebrate the wars they fight.”
A special thank you the Administration, Staff, Faculty and Students of Yuba College and the Yuba Community College District for their part in ensuring the communities we serve were provided an opportunity to experience the moving memorial. A special appreciation to The Museum of the Forgotten Warrior for their partnership and support.
YCCD Joins “Degrees When Due” Initiative
The Yuba Community College District has been selected to join Degrees When Due, a national initiative of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), to help students who have some college credits complete their degrees.
YCCD is one of twenty colleges and universities from twenty states participating in Degrees When Due. The program will allow YCCD to learn best practices in degree reclamation and receive targeted support while re-engaging students who have paused, or “stopped out,” their studies. California State University Sacramento is facilitating the program; other community college districts, such as Sierra and Los Rios Community College Districts are also participating.
Degrees When Due will grant YCCD access to a variety of resources to help more students complete their degrees and to help the institution audit students’ previously earned and transfer credits to determine the most efficient pathway to graduation. The program will benefit more than 530,263 individuals in California who have been identified as having some college credits, but no awarded degree.
Former California Governor to Host Monthly Podcast at YCCD Campus
Former California Governor Jerry Brown will record a monthly podcast in partnership with author and commentator Bill Press who served as aide to the California Governor and was Chair of the Democratic Party from 1933 to 1996. Mr. Press is the host of the twice-weekly “The Bill Press Pod” and writes a weekly column for The Hill and a weekly syndicated newspaper column distributed by Tribune Media Services.
Mr. Press and former Governor Brown plan to host and record the podcast at the Colusa County Campus of Woodland Community College in Williams where Governor Brown has retired. Governor Brown and Mr. Press toured the Colusa County Campus on Monday, September 16th to identify a suitable space for the project. In partnership with Woodland Community College, Yuba College has identified several students to serve as interns for Mr. Press.
Chancellor Houston to Speak at ACCT Congress
Chancellor Douglas Houston will speak at the 50th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress hosted by City College of San Francisco happening October 16th through the 19th.
Chancellor Houston will join two trustees and another California Community College CEO to discuss the roles that trustees and CEOs play to create, nurture, and sustain a campus culture that can ultimately lead to improving student success, to diversifying the ranks of faculty and administrators, and to facilitating meaningful engagement concerning the critical issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The workshop will offer candid views and practical strategies from battle-tested trustees and CEOs and will also include best practices for improving cultural competency and inclusive hiring practices for faculty, staff and administrators.
The District Newsletter is intended to share updates from various participatory District-wide decision-making groups, Board Policies and Administrative Procedures, updates from Cabinet, District Services, Fiscal Services, Information Technology, M&O, and Human Resources. The October 2019 District Newsletter is available here:
The week of September 9th marked the final week of the Legislative session. Bills that were not moved to the Governor’s desk from the floors of the Legislature are dead until the Legislature returns January 6th. Below are a few highlights of bills that moved to the Governor’s desk.
Final agreement was reached on the education facilities bond (AB 48 – O’Donnell). Under the bill, UC and CSU are folded into a bond that was originally K-12 and community college only. AB 48 will go to the ballot with a higher education split of each segment getting $2 billion. In addition to the funding that will be available to community colleges, the total amount of bonds allowed to be issued by the community college district for 55% bonds was increase from 1.5% of taxable property of the district to 2%. This will enable local districts to raise more local funding for projects. The Governor is expected to sign the bill which will place the $15 billion bond before voters in the March election. Additional advocacy is needed to help the administration understand the facilities needs of local community colleges.
AB 30 (Holden) passed the Legislature and will go to the Governor. The bill streamlines the ability of community colleges and K-12 districts to enter into College and Career Access Pathways (CCCAP) partnerships by only requiring one meeting at each the community college and K-12 level, rather than two meetings at each. The bill will also extend the sunset date on provisions of law that authorize CCAP programs to January 1, 2027.
The bill that will establish the Higher Education Performance, Accountability, and Coordination Commission (AB 130 – Low) is going to the Governor for signature. The commission would be composed of five members – one appointed by Senate Rules, one appointed by the Speaker, and three appointed by the Governor, subject to approval by the Senate. The members must have experience in higher education, however, the measure does not provide for segmental representation as was the case with the previous California Postsecondary Education Commission. It is unclear where the administration is on the bill, as the Governor has created a higher education advisory group that includes the heads of all segments of education.
AB 695 (Medina) is going to the Governor. This measure contains two important sunset extensions. One is for the design-build statute. Under the provisions of the bill, the design-build authority for community colleges would be extended until January 1, 2030. Also, under the provisions of the bill, districts, after July 1, 2020 would have to abide by strong workforce provisions if they were to enter into a design-build contract and did not have a project labor agreement in place. The other provisions of the bill deal with the Civic Center Act. Provisions of law that allow community colleges to college just direct costs on facilities rental was sunsetting at the end of this year. Last minute amendments were made to AB 695 that extends that ability for an additional five years, until January 1, 2025.
BOG Budget and Legislative Request
The State Chancellor’s Office solicited requests for the Board of Governor’s 2020 Budget and Legislative request. In addressing and determining whether or not to include the proposals in the recommendations to the Board of Governors, the Chancellor’s Office used the following guidelines:
- The extent to which the proposal furthers the Vision for Success.
- Whether the proposal is statewide in nature.
- Whether the justification for the state intervention is compelling.
- The extent to which available evidence suggests that the proposal would be effective in addressing the identified problem.
- The extent to which the proposal is consistent with prior statements of the Board of Governors policy.
- The extent to which the proposal aligns with interests of the Governor and legislators.
Among the policy proposals that will go before the BOG in September are the following:
- Funding to meet current obligations and provide cost adjustments – $278 million ongoing Proposition 98
- Support for pension contributions – $100 million one-time non-Proposition 98
- Financial aid reform – $250.5 million in 2020-21 and $500 million in 2021-22 (non-Proposition 98)
- Textbook affordability – $10 million one-time Proposition 98
- Survey of student’s basic needs – $350,000 ongoing non-Proposition 98
Faculty and Staff
- Implementation of faculty and staff diversity taskforce recommendations – $76 million in 2020-21 and $60.4 million in 2021-22 Proposition 98
- Professional development – $15 million ongoing Proposition 98
- Part-time faculty support – $10 million ongoing Proposition 98
- Student equity and achievement program – $20 million Proposition 98
- Mental health services – $10 million
- Educational services for incarcerated students – $10 million Proposition 98
Bills of Interest
AB 2 (Santiago) – This bill was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly and will go to the Governor. The bill would provide that a student who is enrolled in fewer than 12 units may be deemed “fulltime” at the discretion of the institution if the student has been certified as “fulltime” by a staff person in the disabled student services program at the institution who is qualified to make such a designation.
AB 6 (Reyes) – This bill was placed in the inactive file and will not be moving through the process. The bill would have replaced the Early Learning and Care division at the California Department of Education with the Early Childhood Education branch by January 1, 2021.
AB 30 (Holden) – This bill passed the Senate and was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly. The bill will go to the Governor. The bill would streamline the process for entering into a CCAP dual enrollment agreement with a K-12 school and extend the sunset date on CCAP dual enrollment programs to January 1, 20207.
AB 48 (O’Donnell) – This bill passed the Senate and was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assmbly. The measure would put a $13 billion K-14 education bond on the March 2020 ballot.
AB 59 (Kalra) – This bill was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly and will go to the Governor. The bill would require a local elections official to give preference to additional locations on California Community College campuses and private university campuses for the purposes of providing an election center.
AB 130 (Low) – This bill passed the Senate and was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly. The bill will go to the Governor. The bill would establish the Higher Education Performance and Accountability Commission.
AB 211 (Calderon) – This bill was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly and will go to the Governor. The bill would allow under law that a deduction against gross income in the amount equal to the monetary contribution made by a qualified taxpayer to the California qualified tuition program established pursuant to the Golden State Scholarshare Truste Act not to exceed either $5,000 or $10,000
AB 314 (Bonta) – This bill pass the Senate and was concurred in Senate amendments in the assembly. The bill will go to the Governor. The bill would expand and uniformly apply time-off without loss of compensation to public employees to engage in specified activities related to employer-employee relations.
AB 540 (Limon) – This bill was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly and will go to the Governor. The bill would establish, commending with the 2020-21 academic year, the Cal Grant B Service Incentive Grant Program under the administration of the Student Aid Commission. The bill would require a participating student, in order to receive a grant award under the program, among other requirements, to be a recipient of a Cal Grant B award; to be enrolled as a student at a campus of the University of California, the California State University, or the California Community Colleges, or at an independent institution of higher education, as defined; and to perform at least 100 hours per quarter or 150 hours per semester of community or volunteer service.
AB 612 (Weber) – This bill passed the Senate and was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly. The bill will go to the Governor. The bill would authorize the State Department of Social Services to enter into a statewide memorandum of understanding with the California Community College system to prevent hunger among college students who are homeless, elderly, and disabled, and to facilitate compliance with specified provisions. Existing law also authorizes any qualifying food facility located on a campus of a community college to participate in the CalFresh RMP through this statewide memorandum of understanding, even if the facility is located in a county that does not participate in the RMP. The bill would require the department to implement its provisions by all-county letter or similar instruction until regulations are adopted and to adopt regulations implementing the bill on or before February 1, 2021.
AB 695 (Medina) – This bill concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly and will go to the Governor. The bill would extend the authorization for community college districts to enter into design-build contracts to January 1, 2030 and extend the sunset date on the community college Civic Center Act.
AB 710 (Cervantes) – This bill was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly and will go to the Governor. The bill would require institutions in the California Community Colleges, California State University, or the University of California systems, independent institutions of higher education, and private postsecondary educational institutions to each calculate and include at a minimum, certain items, including room and board, in a calculation of a full-time student’s cost of attendance at that institution.
AB 963 (Petrie-Norris) – This bill passed Senate and was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly. The bill will go to the Governor. The bill would require each campus of the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and requests the University of California (1) to include on all print and online academic calendars all civic-related dates, including specified voting- and registration-related dates, (2) to engage in an information campaign relating to civic engagement, and (3) to designate one faculty member, staff member, or administrative person as the Civic Engagement and Voter Director with specified responsibilities.
AB 1090 (Medina) – This bill passed the Senate and will go to the Governor. The bill would require community colleges and CSUs to excuse any mandatory campus-based fees for those surviving spouses and children of a deceased person who was a resident of the state and employed by or contracting with a public agency, whose principal duties consisted of active law enforcement service or active fire suppression and prevention, and who died as a result of their duties.
AB 1153 (Wicks) – This bill passed the Senate and was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly. The bill would establish the Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Employee Training Act of 2020, which would require each governing board of a community college district to: (1) annually train, using an online training module developed by the State Department of Education, or other training, as specified, employees and administrators of the district who are mandated reporters on the mandated reporting requirements, as specified; (2) develop a process for those persons required to receive training under the bill to provide proof of completing this training within the first six weeks of each academic year or within six weeks of that person’s employment; and (3) develop a process to identify the students who are minors enrolled in classes at the community college district and provide that information only to faculty members and other employees who are mandated reporters.
AB 1308 (Cunningham) – This bill passed the Senate and will go to the Governor. The bill would allow a qualified student to taste an alcoholic beverage and exempts the student and the qualified academic institution in which the student is enrolled from criminal prosecution if the qualified academic institution has established an Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree program in hotel management or culinary arts.
AB 1313 (Rivas) – This bill was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly and will go to the Governor. The bill would prohibit a school from refusing to provide a transcript for a current or former student on the grounds that the student owes a debt, conditioning the provision of a transcript on the payment of a debt, charging a higher fee for obtaining a transcript, providing less favorable treatment of a transcript request because a student owes a debt, or using a transcript issuance as a tool for debt collection.
AB 1645 (Rubio) – This bill passed Senate and will go to the Governor. The bill would require the California Community Colleges and the California State University, and request the University of California, to designate a Dreamer Resource Liaison on each of their respective campuses, as specified, to assist students meeting specified requirements, including undocumented students, by streamlining access to all available financial aid, social services, state-funded immigration legal services, internships, externships, and academic opportunities for those students.
AB 1727 (Weber) – This bill passed Senate and was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly. The bill will go to the Governor. The bill would authorize the calculation of attendance for Career Development and College Preparation courses by census date.
AB 1729 (Smith) – This bill passed the Senate and will go to the Governor. The bill would exempt from the 5% limitation pupils who are enrolled in community college dual enrollment courses, and would explicitly provide that the 5% limitation apply to pupils enrolled in physical education courses at the community college.
AB 1774 (Bonta) – This bill was concurred in Senate amendments in the Assembly and will go to the Governor. The bill would authorize the Student Aid Commission to grant a postponement of an application deadline of up to 30 calendar days for any financial aid program administered by the commission. This authority would apply if the commission receives a formal request to extend a deadline from a designated educational official and the commission finds that a qualifying event has occurred that, in judgment of the commission, has had an adverse effect on the ability of pupils or students within a school district, community college district, or an area or region within the state, such as a city or county, to successfully complete and submit their financial aid applications by the established application deadline.
SB 150 (Beall) – This bill passed Assembly and was concurred in Assembly amendments in the Senate. The bill will go to the Governor. The bill would authorize the Student Aid Commission to make initial award offers of Chafee Educational and Training Vouchers Program of up to 200% of total state and federal program funding available for all awards, with the number of initial award offers and the amount of the award to be determined based on the historical rate of award acceptance.
SB 296 (Allen) – This bill passed Assembly and was concurred in Assembly amendments in the Senate. The bill will go to the Governor. The bill would provide eligibility for a Cal Grant to a noncitizen who has filed a designated application for asylum, has a valid employment authorization document and social security number, and has signed an affidavit.
SB 390 (Umberg) – This bill passed Assembly and was concurred in Assembly amendments in the Senate. The bill will go to the Governor. The bill would require school security officers and security guards for school districts and community college districts to complete that training course regardless of the number of hours worked per week and to complete the training course annually. The bill would require, by January 1, 2021, the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, in consultation with the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training, to update the training to reflect current school district and community college district security standards.
SB 484 (Portantino) – This bill passed Assembly and was concurred in Assembly amendments in the Senate. The bill will go to the Governor. The bill would require the governing board of each community college district to direct the appropriate officials at their respective campuses to (1) identify those students who have completed an associate degree for transfer, (2) notify those students of their completion of the degree requirements, (3) automatically award those students the degree, and (4) add those students to an identification system at the end of each academic year that the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges shall maintain and that can be accessed electronically by the California State University and the University of California. The bill would authorize a student to affirmatively exercise an option to not receive an associate degree for transfer or to not be included in the identification system.
SB 575 (Bradford) – This bill passed Assembly and was concurred in Assembly amendments in the Senate. The bill will go to the Governor. The bill would repeal prohibition against a student who is incarcerated from being eligible to receive a Cal Grant award.
SB 586 (Roth) – This bill passed the Assembly and was concurred in Assembly amendments in the Senate. The bill will go to the Governor. It would require the governing board of a school district and a governing board of a community college district or the governing board of a charter school providing career technical education pathways under a CCAP partnership to, as part of the partnership agreement, consult with the appropriate local workforce development board to align the pathways with the state’s current and future employment needs.
SB 716 (Mitchell) – This bill passed the Assembly and was concurred in Assembly amendments in the Senate. The bill will go to the Governor. The bill would require a county probation department, in collaboration with the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California, to ensure that juveniles with a high school diploma or California high school equivalency certificate who are detained in, or committed to, a juvenile hall, ranch, camp, or forestry camp have access to a full array of postsecondary academic and career technical education programs of their choice. This bill would also require the Division of Juvenile Facilities, in collaboration with the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California, to ensure that youth with a high school diploma or California high school equivalency certificate who are detained in, or committed to, a Division of Juvenile Facilities facility have access to a full array of postsecondary academic and career technical education programs of their choice.
1 – Chancellor’s Cabinet
1 – District Consultation Council (DC3)
2 – Meetings of the Facilities/Audit and Finance Committees
2 – Meeting with Trustee Ortiz
3 – District, Colleges, Academic Senate (DCAS) Leadership Meeting
3 – Meeting with Student Trustee Yanez
3 – ACCCA Executive Committee monthly call
4 – Meeting with Student Trustees
8 – Chancellor’s Cabinet
8 – Meeting with District Services Senior Management
9 – Jennifer Newsom visit to WCC and Woodland
9 – District Management Council (DMC) Professional Development Session
9 – Meeting with Trustee Savarese (Conference Call)
10 – Board Retreat
10 – Regular Meeting of the Governing Board
14 – Tentative Meeting with Trustee Teagarden
15 – 19 – ACCT Leadership Congress
21 – M&O Tour of Yuba College
22 – Chancellor’s Cabinet|
24 – M&O Tour of WCC
24 – Coffee with the Chancellor at WCC followed by walk around campus
25 – Congressman Garamendi’s “Women of the Year Awards” at WCC
29 – Chancellor’s Cabinet
29 – Meeting with Academic Senates’ Leadership
30 – Meeting with Trustee Hastey