Ask the Governor to Support the California Community Colleges by Redirecting Calbright Funding
Please sign this letter urging Governor Newsom to follow the Legislature’s recommendation that Calbright College be eliminated and the funds redirected to the other 115 accredited California Community Colleges.
Dear Governor Newsom:
The California Community Colleges proudly provide 2.1 million students with life-changing opportunities and a clear path to their goals. Whether students seek job training skills, transfer to a four-year college or university, or lifelong learning, California’s community colleges are at the forefront in combating income inequality and ensuring social and economic mobility. However, the colleges can only remain the backbone of California’s higher education if the system receives sufficient state funding. One source of funding is readily available if you follow the recommendation of the California Legislature—to end the failed experiment of Calbright College and redirect the funding to the other 115 accredited California Community Colleges.
California’s 115 accredited colleges currently offer nearly all of their courses through distance education. This massive shift in the modality of instruction is costly in terms of infrastructure, human resources, student support, and professional development. Colleges are striving to meet these needs in the face of ongoing budget shortfalls and uncertainty during this unprecedented global pandemic and economic recession. The residents of California urge you to support the Legislature’s recommendation to defund Calbright and re-invest those resources in the 115 accredited colleges.
If you want to get more engaged in the advocacy surrounding the online college, please email FACCC Associate Director Stephanie Goldman at firstname.lastname@example.org.