||David W. Breneman, Leobardo F. Estrada and Gerald C. Hayward, Tidal Wave II: An
Evaluation of Enrollment Projections for California Higher Education (San Jose:
California Higher Education Policy Center, 1995), p. 4.
||Department of Finance and RAND projections over the same period were very close to
||Department of Finance, California Public Postsecondary Enrollment Projections, 1997
Series, Undergraduate Enrollments.
||Community colleges, as a part of their Proposition 98 guarantee were already protected
by the constitutional amendment that guarantees K-12 and community colleges a percentage
of the state general fund. Dividing the funds between the colleges and K-12 is a
legislative decision; the guarantee applies to the combined funding. In simple terms,
Proposition 98 guarantees that when the economy is doing poorly and cuts in state
expenditures are required, there is a floor below which K-12 and community colleges
will not be forced to fall. It also insures that when times are opulent, K-12 and
community colleges receive not only current revenue growth, but also a large portion
of their prior losses. The net result is that community colleges, the hardest hit
of the segments during the early 1990s, have received huge infusions of new dollars,
arguably the largest percentage increases for any segment in the state's history.
||The highly respected, nonpartisan Legislative Analyst issued a provocative report
in early 1998 which asserted that the projected enrollment growth was not of tidal
wave proportions and that whatever the extent of the growth, it could be managed
by policy changes. The Analyst's projections are quite similar to the CPEC low alternative
projections, and vary significantly from the Department of Finance and CPEC in their
assumptions regarding participation rates. In a later section, we will discuss the
Analyst's report in further detail.
||CPEC, Student Profiles: 1997, 3-2.
||CPEC, Student Profiles: 1997, 3-13.
||CPEC, Student Profiles: 1997, 4-6
||CPEC, Student Profiles: 1997, 5-11.
||California Community Colleges Chancellor Tom Nussbaum and University of California
President Richard Atkinson have entered into an historic memorandum of understanding
committing these two segments to dramatically increase the community college transfer
rate to UC over the next decade. The segments are jointly examining policies to improve
||Department of Finance, 1997 Series.
||CPEC, Student Profiles: 1997, 5-4.
||CPEC, Student Profiles: 1997, 4-17.
||While improving at a faster rate, AP examination-taking patterns for blacks and Latinos
still lag far behind their Asian-American and white counterparts.
||For a full discussion of the planning options, see the California Higher Education
Policy Center, Shared Responsibility: Strategies for Quality and Opportunity in
California Higher Education (San Jose: 1996).
||For a full discussion of these findings, see Tidal Wave II, pp. 19-21.