Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Community College Funding Model: Changes for Success and Sustainability
by Agatha, Rachelle, Ed.D., Fielding Graduate University, 2017, 106; 10599139
Abstract (Summary)

The California Community Colleges funding model has rich historical, political, and cultural ties embedded in the model foundation. The general funding of the California Community Colleges is enrollment-based and shaped by a long history of legislation based on the K-12 education model. The funding is not tied to performance or outcomes and is driven by how many students are enrolled. Although there has been increased categorical funding in the California Community Colleges over the past 3 years to improve student success and equity, the overall persistence or completion rates of students remains low. Research has demonstrated that many other states are implementing an outcome-based or performance-based funding model to reduce the gaps and improve student success and fiscal sustainability. The purpose of the study was to explore the gaps in the current California Community Colleges funding model and the effect of these gaps on student success and fiscal sustainability for the California Community Colleges. The study additionally investigates effective models in order to design and develop a funding model that will support the mission and outcomes of the California Community Colleges system while planning for fiscal strength.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mahon, Lee
Commitee: DiStefano, Anna, Mathena, Cynthia, Palloff, Rena, Robles, Jessica
School: Fielding Graduate University
Department: The School of Educational Leadership for Change
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Education finance, Educational leadership
Keywords: College funding, Community college, Outcome based funding, Performance based funding, Performance measures, Student success
Publication Number: 10599139
ISBN: 9780355049367
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