Comprised of 112 colleges and 2.9 million students, the California Community Colleges system is the largest and most diverse higher education system in the nation. The system, like others in the community college sector, is on the cusp of significant change, spurred by the ongoing state funding challenges that are forcing colleges to think more innovatively about revenue sources, a tidal wave of new students seeking training and education at community colleges, and a growing public awareness of the value community colleges bring to the workforce, the economy and local communities.
Thanks to funding provided by The Kresge Foundation
—a $2.8 billion private, national foundation based in Troy, Michigan—a unique study was conducted during the first half of 2010 to assess a topic that is tied to these issues: that of the potential of community colleges to create a more sustainable funding model through increased revenue-generation and cost-savings activities. The study, commissioned and managed by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, sought to explore a snapshot of the existing structure and efforts of the California’s Community Colleges as they relate to revenue generation, as well as explore cost savings opportunities.
Given the momentum building within the California Community College system on this very topic, the timing of this study could not have been better.