The California Community College System: Case Study

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The community college system in the state of California has a unique governing structure that practice shared governance (California Community College, 2016). There are17 board members that are appointed by the state’s governor. The board of governor has the legislative authority to establish and implement policies for the institution. Members of the Board of Governors are required to meets 11 times per year. The Board of Governors appoints the Chancellor of the Community College. On May 16, 2016, Erik E. Skinner was appointed as the interim Chancellor for (CCC). The primary role of the Chancellor is to supervise and coordinates the efforts of the following divisions: Academic Affairs; Student Services and Special Programs; Economic …show more content…
The state of California depends heavily on the community colleges as a result over 2 million students are currently enrolled (Johnson et al., 2016). Above all, one of the main rewards to attending a community college in the state of California is because the tuition is a third of the cost ($46.00 per credit hour) assessed at a four-year university. Nevertheless, the average tuition cost to attend a community college in the state of California is roughly $1,100 per academic year (Johnson et al., …show more content…
The BOGW is fully funded by the state of California and was created in 1984 to remove the financial barriers of mandatory community college enrollment fees for; California residents, active duty service members and their dependents. Moreover, the Board of Governor’s Fee waiver is an income eligibility program that has strict qualifying conditions. According to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Officer, over 5.1 million students between 1984 and 2015 participated in the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver Program (California Chancellor’s Office, 2015). In my opinion, the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver has been instrumental with funding active duty Marines who have not met the requirements to utilize Tuition Assistance. In most cases, those Marines who qualify for the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver also are eligible to receive financial

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