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The MPC Academic Senate is worried about incentive-based funding where CCC's funding is based not on student enrollments, but on the completion of classes, the attainment of degrees or certificates,, or the attainment of benchmarks by MPC students.


This page is a list of useful resources to provide information on the origin of this pressure and the position of various stakeholders.


Fred's presentation showing why this issue is important.


The CCC Chancellor’s Office Task Force on Student Success, created in response to CA Senate bill 1143. 

Take a look at the ‘Agendas’ and ‘Reports and Resources’ links for information on what is driving this effort.


Vision 2020: a Report of the Commission on the Future of the CCLC (Community College League of California)

Summary of recommendations:

The actual report:

Calls for increased accountability; advocates “achievement milestones to evaluate institutional and program effectiveness”; calls for the creation of “an additive, categorical incentive funding model that distributes money based upon improvements in institutional and student performance as measured by completion of momentum points linked to student success” (momentum points refers to things like completion of key classes (think basic math and English), a certain number of units, etc…).


The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO):

Specific recommendations for higher education for the 2011-12 budget: 

Some of these are very surprising and impact the heart of the CCC mission. The ASCCC apparently thinks of the LAO as “evil”. You can see why here.


Academic Senate for California Community Colleges :

Spring 2011 Resolutions: 

Resolutions dealing with student success (click the link to read the entire resolution):

5.01 Metrics and Performance Based Funding

Whereas, Senate Bill 1143 (Liu, 2010) called for a task group to identify metrics for performance based funding, and the group is well on its way in developing such metrics;

[more whereas clauses]

Whereas, The new law makes it clear that performance based funding will be developed with or without the support of faculty;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges participate in discussions regarding performance based funding asserting that any such proposed funding modifications should be additive and above base funding;

 Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for development and consideration of metrics that are intended to incentivize the provision of student support services as such services are necessary to ensure the success of all students as well as academic progress and completion metrics; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges assert that the best approach to increase all measures of students success is to support students in meeting their goals and that colleges should be incentivized to ensure the provision of such services.


5.02 Incentives to Encourage Effective Student Behaviors for Success

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates to identify and, where possible, implement incentives that encourage students to engage in academically sound behaviors that would increase the likelihood of success in college; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support the use of academically sound incentives that would benefit the most students and increase the likelihood of students completing courses, obtaining degrees and certificates, and preparing for transfer.


Advocacy Groups and Private Institutions


Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy at Sacramento State

This is Nancy Schulock's organization

Policy Brief added March 2011: Performance Incentives to to improve Community College Completion

An example of a Schulock Presentation


Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin

This is Kay McClenney's organization

Their most pertinent initiative:  Achieving the Dream

An example of a McClenney Presenttion


Complete College America

Established in 2009, this nonprofit was founded to focus solely on dramatically increasing the nation's college completion rate.


American Graduation Initiative

President Barack Obama in the White House

"In the coming years, jobs requiring at least an associate degree are projected to grow twice as fast as jobs requiring no college experience. We will not fill those jobs -- or keep those jobs on our shores -- without the training offered by community colleges." -- President Barack Obama

Two goals: by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world, and community colleges will produce an additional 5 million graduates.


The Lumina Foundation

A laser-like focus on improving completion rates, especially among underrepresented groups.


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Very interested in increasing completion rates.


Master Plan for California Education

First developed in 1960, it has undergone review and revision, the original principles are still there.

Since 1960, the master plan for CA education has identified transfer, vocational, basic skills, and community education as central to the role of the CCCs.