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2017-18 League Highlights Community College League of California



Letter from the League President & CEO


About California Community Colleges


League Boards

12 Advocacy & Policy Development 19 Communications & Publications 22

Fiscal & District Services

27 Leadership Development 32 Other Noteworthy Highlights 33 League Staff

Front Cover: Allan Hancock College, Diablo Valley College, DeAnza College (top to bottom)

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About the 2017-18 League Highlights League staff offer this report in part to thank our 72 districts for their tireless efforts as we partner to strengthen and support California Community Colleges. The Community College League of California has been an effective advocate and resource for community colleges throughout California for nearly 30 years. Our 2017-18 League Highlights report features accomplishments and efforts to advocate for and elevate our historic districts and colleges.


The Community College League of California represents and supports California’s 72 community college districts. We help locally elected trustees and college CEOs serve their students and communities by advocating on their behalf in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., and by providing continuing professional development and services employing economies of scale to minimize cost and maximize quality.

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Clovis College

A Letter from the League President & CEO This has been an exceptionally eventful year for California’s Community Colleges. Over the course of 2017-18, together, we have navigated challenges and uncertainties but through it all have remained steadfast in our mission of service to our students and communities. And, our communities have taken note with 68 percent giving excellent or good ratings to California Community Colleges (2017 PPIC survey).

Cuesta College

The work of the Community College League of California is ultimately about the work of trustees, chancellors, presidents, and the hundreds of dedicated leaders serving and working for colleges and districts across California. We are proud of the role the League plays in supporting college leaders, and we are inspired by your commitment to students, communities, and the vital work you do to create and sustain quality public community colleges for all Californians. The 2017-18 fiscal and academic year has been one filled with challenges and notable successes. We are pleased with the funding increases and inclusion of our financial aid and open educational resources items within Governor Brown’s final budget. And we have been successful both in preventing unfavorable legislation and in supporting bills aligned with our mission. Our conferences, meetings, and professional development opportunities continue to improve thanks to the advisory committees on which you – our members – graciously serve. And our district services continue to support your operations and reduce district and college expenditures. We hope you find this publication a useful compendium of some of the issues and outcomes that have engaged our efforts and attention the past 12 months.

El Camino College

We are honored to share this voyage with you – the leaders of this historic public system of higher education – and remain committed to supporting and advancing the indispensable mission of California’s Community Colleges.

Larry Galizio, Ph.D. President & CEO Community College League of California

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“The work of the Community College League of California is ultimately about the work of trustees, chancellors, presidents, and the hundreds of dedicated leaders serving and working for colleges and districts across California.�

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OUR MISSION To strengthen California’s Community Colleges through advocacy, leadership development, and district services. OUR VISION Quality public community colleges for all Californians Long Beach City College 5 | 2017-18 League Highlights

Irvine Valley College


Visionary The League strives to foster creative and enterprising approaches to issues confronting California’s Community College leaders through consideration of the future with imagination and rigor. Ethical leadership We are committed to practicing and supporting authentic, honest, equity-minded, respectful and purposeful leadership. Collaborative Twenty-first century community college leadership demands effective collaboration among and between the multiple constituencies and stakeholders in California. The League is uniquely qualified to create opportunities for collaborative and integrated approaches to advance our sector’s critical mission.

Santa Barbara City College

Service As a member-focused organization, the League embraces the servant-leadership approach by attending to our member districts’ highest priority needs first. Inclusive Serving the most diverse public system of higher education in the U.S. is an honor and a privilege. The League continually seeks to lead and support our members’ efforts to create the conditions for equitable and inclusive communities of learning. Deliberative Informed and enlightened discourse and debate is a necessary condition of a pluralistic and democratic community of learners. The League seeks to foster discussion and dialogue among our diverse stakeholders to advance our understanding and support for California’s Community Colleges.

Chaffey College

The League works to support California’s Community Colleges through: • Advocacy and Policy Development • District Services • Leadership Development


The League consists of three boards, one operational board and two policy boards. The League Board is the management board of the organization. It consists of representatives of the League’s two policy boards: The Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges (CEOCCC), and The California Community College Trustees (CCCT), plus representatives from The California Community Colleges Classified Senate (CCCCS). 2017-18 League Highlights | 6


Students by Gender

Number of Institutions Male 42.23%

Female 53.58%

Unknown 1.19%

Undergraduate Fees 114 Colleges

72 Districts

76 Educational Centers

Students by Age

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35 & Over




Resident Nonresident CCC $1,380 $9,030 CSU $6,881 $17,919 UC $13,900 $40,644

Students by Ethnicity African-American Native American Asian Filipino Hispanic Pacific Islander White Multi-Ethnicity

CCCs 5.87% 0.43% 10.83% 2.88% 45.01% 0.41% 26.47% 3.75%

CA Pop. 6.5% 1.7% 14.7% ** 38.8% 0.5% 38.0% 3.8%

Undergraduate Student Enrollment 2,149,432 Full-Year Unduplicated Headcount (all students) 1,058,108 Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) 68,602

Non-Credit FTES

Percentage of Public Institution Graduates Who Started at a California Community College

51% 29% California State University

University of California

Number of Student Transfers to Four-Year Public & Private Institutions Community Colleges to University of California:


Community Colleges to California State University:


Community Colleges to In-State Private Colleges/Universities:


Community Colleges to Out of State Colleges/Universities:


Transfer Rate (2009-10 to 2015-16):


Degrees & Certificates Awarded

NOTE: Data is from 2016-17

Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) Degree: Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) Degree: Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree: Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree: Credit Certificate, < 18 units: Credit Certificate, 18 to 29.5 units: Credit Certificate, 30 to 59.5 units: Credit Certificate, 60+ units: 2016-17 Credit Class Success Rate:

17,630 20,849 34,253 66,717 17,548 15,527 43,861 776 72% 2017-18 League Highlights | 8


MARVIN MARTINEZ CEOCCC President, East Los Angeles College

JOSE FIERRO CEOCCC Superintendent/President, Cerritos CCD


RON GALATOLO CEOCCC Chancellor, San Mateo County CCD ADRIENNE GREY CCCT West Valley Mission CCD

DOUGLAS OTTO Immediate, Past Chair of the Board CCCT Long Beach CCD ANN RANSFORD 1st Vice Chair/Treasurer CCCT Glendale CCD

JANNETT JACKSON CEOCCC DEBBIE WEATHERLY Chancellor, Chabot-Las Positas CCD CCCCS Santa Rosa Junior College BRIAN KING Chair of the Board SHONDRA WEST CEOCCC 2nd Vice Chair/Secretary Chancellor, Los Rios CCD CCCCS Los Medanos College DeAnza College









STEPHAN CASTELLANOS 5th Representative on the League Board San Joaquin Delta CCD


JANET CHANIOT Mendocino-Lake CCD JESSICA CISNEROS Student Member Contra Costa CCD DON EDGAR Sonoma County JCD MARY FIGUEROA West Valley-Mission CCD ADRIENNE GREY 2nd Vice President West Valley-Mission CCD JERRY HART Imperial CCD

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JIM MORENO 1st Vice President Coast CCD DOUGLAS OTTO Immediate, Past President Long Beach CCD MARISA PEREZ Cerritos CCD ANN RANSFORD President Glendale CCD LOREN STECK Monterey Peninsula CCD LINDA WAH Pasadena Area CCD

2017-18 CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES (CEOCCC) BOARD NABIL ABU-GHAZALEH, At-large President, Grossmont College LORETTA ADRIAN, Area 10 President, Coastline College Saddleback College

KATHLEEN BURKE, Area 6 President, Los Angeles Pierce College SANDRA CALDWELL, Area 3 President, Reedley College BYRON CLIFT BRELAND, Area 4 President, San Jose City College JOSE FIERRO, Area 7 Vice President, South Supt/President, Cerritos CCD

Diablo Valley College

RON GALATOLO, Area 4 Immediate, Past President Chancellor, San Mateo County CCD THOMAS GREENE, At-Large President, American River College

JANNETT JACKSON, At-large Vice President, North Chancellor, Chabot-Las Positas CCD BRIAN KING, Area 2 President Chancellor, Los Rios CCD BOB KRATOCHVIL, Area 5 President, Los Medanos College PAM LUSTER, Area 11 President, San Diego City College MARVIN MARTINEZ, At-large President-Elect President, East Los Angeles College ROGER SCHULTZ, Area 9 Supt/President, Mt. San Jacinto CCD BILL SCROGGINS, Area 8 President/CEO, Mt. San Antonio CCD JOE WYSE, Area 1 Supt/President, Shasta-Tehama-Trinity CCD

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A central goal of our advocacy is for districts and colleges to have sufficient resources to advance the comprehensive mission of our institutions.

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ADVOCACY & POLICY DEVELOPMENT Advocacy is a critical component of the Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities in combination with partnerships, research, and the monitoring and dissemination of information. Advocacy can help transform policies, practices, and services both at the state and national level. A central goal of our advocacy is for districts and colleges to have sufficient resources to advance the comprehensive mission of our institutions. In the 2017-18 fiscal year, the League kept the voice of districts and colleges in front of the Legislature and the Administration. The League was active in the State Capitol, on Capitol Hill, and with the Administration, organizing more than one hundred meetings between college leaders and state leaders and activating our advocacy network to write and call members of the legislature.

In line with the League plan, Strategy 2021, our goal is to:

Strengthen colleges through proactive advocacy and policy development. Policy Development From practical solutions to large-scale innovations, California Community Colleges are leading the state forward. In 2017-18, the League has been a resource and thought partner for community colleges. We have promoted proven strategies and valuable resources that address the challenges colleges confront. Financial Aid for Student Success: In 2017-18, a policy focus of the League was timely access to student financial aid. The landscape of financial aid is changing rapidly at community colleges with increased responsibilities placed on financial aid offices for which they often lack capacity. In a fall 2017 original survey, the League examined the role of financial aid offices in helping community college students understand and make use of financial aid. Specifically, the League analyzed current financial aid processing times (the length of time from a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application to the time of notification of eligibility for aid). Of the 81 colleges that responded, 62% reported that their financial aid processing time is more than 14 days (two weeks), and as lengthy as six weeks. The majority of colleges, 88%, reported that they would deploy staff to provide students with other supports like advising and training workshops if colleges had technological resources to reduce financial aid processing times.

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As a result of this study and the League’s elevation of this issue, the 2018-19 Budget funds this League priority by providing an augmentation of $5 million ongoing and $13.5 million in one-time funds for technological advancement and capacity-building to modernize our financial aid verification and processing systems. An investment in technological advancements and innovation will allow colleges to offer awards based on units taken, to more quickly verify student information, and to substantially reduce aid processing time. CEO Tenure & Retention Data Dashboard: Since 1996, the League has published the CEO Tenure and Retention Study, a biennial report on turnover and retention, with additional information on the gender and ethnicity of CEOs and, when possible, a comparison of these percentages to the national composition of community college CEOs. The League is approaching the eighth update of the study. The data collected encompasses details on CEOs who report to a board and those who report to a chancellor; CEO ethnicity and gender; and observations and discussion given the eighteen-year history of this study. Throughout the 2017-18 fiscal year, the League has been working to develop a data dashboard that will better collect, analyze, and visually represent the data. We look forward to launching the League’s CEO Tenure and Retention Dashboard in Summer 2018. The Dashboard will make complex information clear and interactive. More importantly, it will tell a story through the graphical depiction of statistical information and support a compelling narrative.

Budget Advocacy

Each year, League staff coordinates an advocacy strategy to support the system’s efforts to secure adequate resources from the state budget. Our efforts for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 State Budget have prioritized the critical need to secure flexible general operating resources. Base operating dollars remain critical for maintaining faculty and staff talent, paying for healthcare and pensions, and covering additional operating costs to serve our most vulnerable student populations.

Building Institutional Capacity for Success Community colleges are an invaluable investment. The California Community Colleges serve as an open door to a better life for generations of low-income and working-class students. Colleges are driven by an enduring vision of equity and understand their critical role in lifting the state’s economy, closing achievement gaps, and providing quality educational access to all Californians. System

Funding Amount per-student









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OUR BUDGET PRIORITY: EDUCATIONAL QUALITY MEANS AN INVESTMENT IN PER-STUDENT FUNDING AND GENERAL OPERATIONS General operating funds support districts confronting rapidly growing energy, pension, and teaching costs. General operating resources fund innovation on campuses, and base funding is essential for the fiscal stability of our colleges. Our STRS and PERS contribution priority is to protect the maintenance of quality public higher education costs are estimated to increase opportunities for Californians by securing a robust investment in to approximately $600 million California’s community colleges. annually by 2021.

Skyline College

Through advocacy, Capitol visits, and the active participation of our members, the final budget recognized the indispensable role California Community Colleges play in developing the state’s workforce, closing achievement gaps, and providing higher education access to all Californians. The League met its primary goal of securing a base augmentation for community colleges in the final Budget Act of 2017-18. To ensure colleges have essential information about the 2017-18 and 2018-19 Budget for California Community Colleges, the League has made the following documents available on the Advocacy Center of its website: • Chart with the full community college budget agreement • Summary and analysis of Budget Trailer Bill sections affecting community colleges • Budget summary PowerPoints • Template position letters Budget Publications for the Budget Session included: • 2018 Fast Facts • Quality Education: Community College Base Funding • League’s Budget Talking Points (January, May Revise) • League’s Federal Policy Priorities • Honoring California Voters - Advocacy and description of our districts’ capital projects

Orange Coast College

Legislative Advocacy

The League’s Government Relations office represents the CEOCCC and CCCT boards’ local perspective on community college educational, fiscal, operational, and governance issues. This includes timely and credible advocacy supporting student success, affordability, and legislation affecting equity and inclusion before the Legislature and Executive Branch. The League offers useful tools to districts and colleges ensuring we have a strong collective voice in the Capitol. This includes: • Sample Position Letters • Legislator database by college • Talking points • Bill analysis • Monthly League Government Relations Webinars • Conference Call Updates by Regions • End of Session Summary Brief

Santa Barbara City College

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2017 Legislative Session: In the first year of the 2017-18 session, members of the California State Legislature considered 2,980 bills. Approximately 56% of those bills were held in either house and 1,307 were sent to the Governor for consideration. Governor Brown vetoed 9% of bills that reached his desk. League staff tracked over 120 bills during the 2017 legislative session. A total of 20 bills tracked by the League were signed.

During the 2017-18 Legislative session, League staff testified over 150 times in committee.

Advocacy Highlights • The League stopped 9 bills that combined would have cost community college districts over $350 million annually. • 100% of League-opposed bills were either held in the legislature or vetoed by the Governor. • 100% of the bills the League sought to amend were either amended with our approved language or held. • Only four out of 20 bills supported by the League were held in the legislature or vetoed by the Governor (primarily due to cost).

Highlights of Priority Legislation Chaptered in 2017

Bill Counts by Final Actions All Legislative Bills

League Tracked













PATHWAYS & PARTNERSHIPS AB 19 (Santiago) - California College Promise Program Summary: This bill establishes, under the administration of the California Community Colleges (CCC) Chancellor, the California College Promise. This bill creates a new categorical program that, if funding is made available, would allow colleges to waive fees for full-time students in their first academic year, or use funding to further the goals of the program. Colleges must establish a local promise program that meet six criteria in order to receive funds under this new categorical program.

PROTECTIONS FOR CALIFORNIA’S DREAMERS AB 21(Kalra) - Public Postsecondary Education: Access to Higher Education For Every Student Summary: The statute requires the California State University (CSU), California Community Colleges (CCC) and each Cal Grant eligible independent institution of higher education and requests the University of California (UC), to establish various policies and actions that safeguard against immigration enforcement activities on campuses. SB 68 (Lara) - Public Postsecondary Education: Exemption from Nonresident Tuition Summary: This bill expands eligibility for the exemption from paying nonresident tuition at California’s public postsecondary institutions established under the provisions of AB 540 (Firebaugh, Chapter 814, Statutes of 2001) to students who have completed three or more years of attendance or earned credits equivalent to three or more years of full-time credits at an elementary school, secondary school, adult school and/or California Community College (CCC). 15 | 2017-18 League Highlights

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS/ASSESSMENT AB 637 (Medina) - Community Colleges: Cross-Enrollment in Online Education Summary: Authorizes a California Community College (CCC) student who meets specified requirements to enroll in an online course provided by another CCC (referred to as a teaching college) through the Online Education Initiative (OEI) Consortium.

Cuyamaca College

AB 705 (Irwin) - Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012: Matriculation: Assessment Summary: Requires community college districts (CCD) to maximize the probability that a student will enter and complete coursework in math and English within a one-year timeframe by utilizing multiple measures to achieve this goal. A district or college shall not require students to enroll in remedial English or mathematics coursework that lengthens their time to complete a degree unless placement research that includes consideration of high school grade point average and coursework demonstrates that those students are highly unlikely to succeed in transfer-level coursework in English and mathematics.

EQUITY AB 1018 (Reyes) - Community Colleges: Student Equity Plans Summary: Adds homeless students and lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) students to the categories of students required to be addressed in community college student equity plans. The bill authorizes the governing board of each community college district to determine other additional categories of students to be addressed in their student equity plans. Fresno City College

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AB 1651 (Reyes) - Administrative Leave Summary: Originally this bill would have required disclosure of confidential information regarding cases of alleged employee misconduct. It would have required alleged victims of sexual harassment and misconduct reluctant to disclose information relevant to the investigation before the investigation officially began. After the League brought significant concerns regarding AB 1651, the bill was amended to only require colleges to disclose the general reason why an employee is placed on administrative leave and a suggestion that all investigations into employee misconduct be concluded within 90 days if that employee is placed on administrative leave.

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Federal Advocacy Now more than ever it is important that California Community Colleges are engaged in advocacy efforts at the federal level to ensure our community colleges can continue to offer a quality higher education to all Californians. We have expanded our partnerships with the Chancellor’s Office, the Faculty Association for California Community Colleges, Washington D.C.-based Downs Government Affairs, and the American Association for Community Colleges to enhance the efficacy our federal advocacy efforts. In 2017-18, the League identified the following important issues for federal advocacy. Continued Investment in Pell Grants and Other Financial Aid Programs With the largest free tuition program in the country and the lowest fees in the nation, the California Community Colleges is the most affordable system of public postsecondary education in the U.S. Yet California’s community college students still face substantial financial obstacles due to high living costs. Students with the greatest potential and highest financial need depend on federal financial aid programs such as Pell Grants and Federal Work-Study to achieve their educational goals. Higher Education Act Reauthorization In approaching the Higher Education Act reauthorization, the California Community Colleges encourage Congress to consider the following priorities and principles: • Accountability Framework Regarding Student Loan Default Rates. California’s community colleges have a very low loan participation rate, greatly increasing the significance of loan defaults of a few students. Thus, we ask for increased protections for institutions with low loan participation rates in any kind of accountability framework for student loan default rates and that it become a far more simplified process. • Simplifying Financial Aid. Too many community college students continue to face obstacles to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), including verification burdens that disproportionately impact low-income students. Congress and the Department of Education should engage students and community college leadership in the next iteration of FAFSA simplification. • Ensuring Effective Oversight. The federal government has a responsibility to ensure colleges that receive taxpayer funds provide a quality education to students. California’s community colleges have invested in accountability frameworks aimed at measuring success, including the Student Success Scorecard. Similarly, Congress should focus on oversight that allows public colleges to focus more on educational outcomes and less on administrative tasks and overly burdensome reporting. Protect California Dreamers – Codify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) California Community Colleges urge support for the enactment of legislation that will protect those eligible for the DACA program, as well as an opportunity to apply for U.S. citizenship following a thorough application process. An estimated 75,000 undocumented students are enrolled in our public colleges and universities. Losing, or even under-utilizing these talented students poses a threat for California’s workforce and economy, as the state is already poised to be short 1.7 million college educated workers by 2025. DACA recipients have been raised in our communities, educated in our public schools, and abide by our laws. California’s growth and continued prosperity relies on our ability to develop and tap into the potential of these talented young people.

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We develop communications and publications to keep our members abreast of the latest news, events, programs, and legislative policies.

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COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICATIONS The League keeps districts, colleges, legislators, and other state leaders informed on important issues impacting community colleges. The League communicates to its many audiences through several communication channels to effectively disseminate information concerning: current events, best practices, and policy recommendations to improve student success outcomes and enhance college governance.

In line with the League plan, Strategy 2021, our goal is to:

Increase the Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Profile. Communications

Our communications provide timely updates that keep our members abreast of the latest news, events, programs, and legislative policies. Email Communique The League provides frequent email communications to CEOs, Trustees, administrators, faculty and community college stakeholders. Our reach extends to over 6,000 individuals. Social Media Get connected! Follow us on all our social media channels for timely updates on events, news and legislation. San Diego Mesa College

Facebook Page 1,176 Likes @ccleagueca Twitter Page 3,334 Followers @ccleague Instagram Page 119 Followers @ccleagueca

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Los Angeles Southwest College

The League offers an extensive collection of print and online publications, including reports for CEOs and Trustees, and the 2018 Fast Facts. The 2018 Trustees Handbook was redesigned and provided to all new trustees, trustee workshop attendees, and posted on the website. In January, the 2018 edition of Fiscal Responsibilities was published and made available to members in print and online. Community College Directory The annual Community College Directory contains listings for over 4,200 district, college, and state system office staff. This year, the League added contact information for the Title IX Coordinators at each of our community colleges. The publication is made available in print and online. Government Relations Newsletter Each month, the League sends the Government Relations newsletter to inform college leaders of key budgetary and legislative issues affecting their districts. This resource alerts members of advocacy opportunities and provides the tools needed for advocacy.

Long Beach City College

72 STRONG A blog for Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 72 Community College Districts, 72 STRONG is the Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new blog written by President & CEO Dr. Larry Galizio. 72 STRONG provides a new platform for the League to increase its profile and attract an audience interested in community college leadership and topical issues confronting our campuses. Follow the 72 STRONG blog at

Website Redesign

At the 2017 Annual Convention, the League launched a new website optimized for mobile access and improved search capabilities. The new site allows League resources to be readily accessible on a more attractive and intuitive platform. We invite you to visit our website at

San Bernardino Valley College

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Our fiscal services support the League as good stewards of member dues so that our efforts effectively meet college and district needs.

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FISCAL & DISTRICT SERVICES The League assists member districts in meeting their financial goals through the development of special coordinated programs and services that save California’s community colleges money, increase efficiency, and enhance quality. Our fiscal services support the League as good stewards of member dues so that our efforts effectively meet college and district needs.

In line with the League plan, Strategy 2021, our goal is to:

Increase the awareness and optimize the value of the League’s services to our constituencies. Fiscal Services The League’s Fiscal Services department serves as a fiscal agent for nearly 10 organizations. The department drafts an annual budget for the operations of the organization that includes revenue from three primary sources: 1) District Services 2) College Dues and 3) League Events. League Fiscal Year 2017-18 Snapshot: In 2016-2017, the League had successful clean audit outcomes with continued improvements to internal controls. The Fiscal Services department crafted a new budget structure with a more comprehensive and transparent review of revenues and expenditures. This update allows the League Board to tailor services to better meet the needs of our districts and colleges. The Fiscal unit continues to monitor League investment in partnership with members of the Investment Committee which includes participation of prominent community college chief business officers. Through a review of accounting fees, the League made vendor changes and saved nearly 60% on bank-related accounting charges. Further, internal reviews of service fees paid for event payment processing has led to cost savings that have been reinvested in League programs.

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Los Rios Community College District

District Services District Services provide member districts with cost-effective, easy-to-use purchasing and fiscal services. The League works closely with California’s Community Colleges Chief Business Officers (CBO) and other campus groups to offer programs that allow districts to benefit from the power of collaborative purchasing and competitive pricing.

San Diego Miramar College

All 72 member districts participated in at least one of the League’s District Services programs, with most participating in two or more programs. In 2017-18, the League expanded its District Services and launched a program in partnership with School Project for Utility Rate Reduction (SPURR). Through a comprehensive list of offerings, District Services are designed to save colleges time and money. The League’s District Services - only available to member districts - include: • BoardDocs • Charitable Gift Annuity Program • Financing Program • Library Consortium • Long-Term Care • Policies & Procedures Services • Pension Rate Stabilization Program • Retiree Health Benefits JPA • Student Health Insurance Program • Utility Services The League is continuing to provide options in response to the growing challenge of OPEB and pension liability through our Health Benefits JPA and partnership with PARS. Both provide options for setting aside funds for our colleges’ future liabilities.

Fresno City College

A Student Housing session at the CEO Symposium brought forward a growing interest in Student Housing on our campuses. Using the League’s existing Finance Authority status serving as the conduit for Student Housing bonds, the League is consulting with experts in the field to offer our districts and colleges insight into these complex projects including needs assessments, competitive analyses, and financing options. Our colleges are going greener and the League is expanding our Energy Division to meet that need. Members of our Electricity Consortium will have access to a greener energy portfolio and all colleges will have the opportunity to benefit from our partnership with the School Project for Utility Rate Reduction (SPURR), which provides competitively bid and vetted solar and storage contracts.

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The League works closely with Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Colleges to offer programs that allow districts to benefit from the power of collaborative purchasing and competitive pricing.

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Library Consortium

The Library Consortium program is an effort that leverages California’s community college libraries’ economy of scale to obtain discounts from more than 60 vendors for library subscription databases, books, and journals. The League serves as a fiscal agent for all 114 colleges in their acquisition and licensing of electronic journals and databases for libraries and IT groups. We negotiate substantial discounts for these resources using an economies of scale approach that makes selection, invoicing, and licensing easier for both our colleges and the vendors that sell to them. The Library Consortium serves as a major component of the District Services portfolio, continuing to grow and enhance the services provided to our colleges. Working in concert with the Council of Chief Librarians, the Library Consortium successfully launched a new website that is significantly more easily navigated, allows for efficient updating, expansion of the options available through the program, and has streamlined the purchasing process to allow librarians more opportunities to purchase throughout the year when funding becomes available. Visit the website at

Citrus College

Mendocino College

Corporate Partners Program

The Corporate Partners program helps build strong working relationships among the state’s 72 community college districts and the businesses and professional firms that provide those districts with a variety of essential services. Partnership status offers opportunities for enterprises to learn more about issues facing colleges and to have meaningful discussions with the leaders who are working to resolve those challenges. The package of benefits includes effective promotional opportunities through advertisements and features on League social media and other platforms.

Policy & Procedure Subscriber Service

The League’s Policy & Procedure Service celebrated its 18th year in 2018. Both the Federally-Compliant (365 samples) as well as the Statewide (391 templates) board policy and administrative procedure documents provide member districts with up-to-date, practical, and legally-vetted board policies and administrative procedures reflecting the latest legal citation references and revisions to Federal and State statutes/regulations as well as regional accreditation standards. All of the policy/procedure templates have been vetted by the legal firm of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore. The Policy & Procedure Subscriber Service supports 71 California community college district members. The Policy & Procedure Subscriber Service is based on principles inherent in effective board governance, policy development, and local decision-making. Understanding these principles facilitates the implementation process. 25 | 2017-18 League Highlights

Mendocino College

Templates and Legal Updates: The 391 legally-vetted board policies (169 BPs) and administrative procedures (222 APs) available to member districts via the League’s Policy & Procedure Subscriber Service (through the BoardDocs platform) allow member districts to download legal updates and all of the individual templates (with legal citation language). Up-to-date board policies and administrative procedures are not only crucial to avoid legal liability for member districts, but have also become a key component of accreditation reviews. The service addresses mandated requirements including: • Accreditation • Title IX Compliance • Student Discipline • Free Speech • Nondiscrimination • Prohibition of Harassment • Service Animals on Campus • Public Records Act The Biannual (October and April) Legal Updates alert districts of recent revisions in Federal/State statutes and regulations that impact California’s community colleges. Attendance at the 2017-18 Biannual (November and May) Policy & Procedure Subscriber Service Workshops increased by 11 percent. The following is a summary of Legal Updates 31 and 32: Templates

Update 31 Fall 2017

Update 32 Spring 2018

Revised Board Policy (BP) Templates



Revised Administrative Procedure (AP) Templates



Newly issued Board Policy Templates



Newly issued Administrative Procedure Templates (AP 4236 Advanced Placement Credit and AP 6355 Job Order Contracts)






Federally-Compliant Policy and Procedure Program: In its second year, the Federally-Compliant Policy and Procedure Program, with a total of 365 board policy/administrative procedure samples, welcomed the Pennsylvania community colleges as well as the Oregon community colleges (under the leadership of the Oregon Community College Association) into the program. The Federally-Compliant Policy and Procedure Program addresses critically important issues such as Title IX, nondiscrimination, prohibition of harassment, student discipline, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), service animals on campus, etc. These new college members appreciate the dedicated website allowing them access to 365 policy/procedure samples, a Master Table of Contents, and a Master Index of policies/procedures. 2017-18 League Highlights | 26

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT The League provides several leadership development opportunities for community college governing boards, chief executive officers and staff to ensure the continued strength, vitality and effectiveness of our colleges’ educational programs and services. With a longstanding commitment and track record in the professional growth and development of California’s community college leaders, we are a trusted source for quality programs and events to help our members better serve their students and communities.

In line with the League plan, Strategy 2021, our goal is to:

Enhance the partnership and effectiveness between and among trustees and CEOs. Board Resources & Member Engagement

The League offers several resources to support board engagement and representation. With the primary goal of promoting student access and success, the League encourages engagement in local, state and national advocacy efforts. To best position California trustees for success, the League, through its CCCT Board, formalized an endorsement process for candidates pursuing positions on Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), a major voice of community college trustees at the federal level. These efforts stress the importance of representing the 2.1 million California students nationally and aim to continue the pipeline of California trustees serving on ACCT. California community college trustees now have seven trustees currently representing their voice on ACCT’s Board and Committees.

Leadership Development for Trustees and CEOs We also strive to keep trustees up-to-date with the Board Focus publication. This year, the publication featured articles addressing: the Board-CEO Relationship, the Strong Workforce Task Force, and service on national boards. In 2017, the League expanded its efforts and partnerships in Career Technical Education (CTE) to support CEOs and trustees in the implementation of the Strong Workforce initiative. Specifically, the League launched the CTE Video Series for trustees and CEOs. The series was developed to provide trustees and CEOs with foundational knowledge on the Chancellor’s Office Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy initiative and the role they play in supporting the initiative. Topics included: Introduction to the Strong Workforce Program, Implementing a Regional Approach for CTE, the Role of Data and Accountability in Career Education. The series is available on the League’s Professional Development webpage under the Videos and Online Training section of the CEO and Trustee Development webpages. 27 | 2017-18 League Highlights

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League On Call

The League On Call program is one of the Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many programs designed to enhance board and CEO effectiveness. League On Call provides districts and colleges access to a network of experienced California community college professionals to work with boards, chief executives, and other campus leaders on a wide variety of governance and leadership issues. In the 2017-18 fiscal year, League On Call began offering a new service â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CEO Contract Development and Negotiation. This service provides local boards with advice and counsel about employment contracts that protect the district, implement fair treatment of staff and CEOs, and encourage an extended tenure of quality CEOs.

Conferences West Los Angeles College

League conferences are designed to give districts access to promising practices and research on a variety of relevant subjects. Our conferences offer the opportunity to be introduced to experts while also allowing attendees to network with colleagues in their field. Attendance at League Conferences was strong in 2017-18.

Annual Convention

Annual Trustees Conference Effective Trusteeship Workshop

Legislative Conference Napa Valley College

Student Trustees Workshop CEO Symposium

CEO Leadership Academy

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Excellence in Trusteeship Program

The Excellence in Trusteeship Program now in its 5th year has been expanded to include ETP Participates Statewide a new competency, Board/CEO Relationship. This competency addresses roles, goals and expectations to ensure the Board/CEO partnership functions effectively. The program can be completed in one year by attending League events as well as national and local board trainings, and by reading online and print resources. Since the inception of the Excellence in Trusteeship Program (ETP) in 2013, 191 trustees have enrolled. Currently, the program enrolls 28.5% of all trustees statewide. As of the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the program has 97 graduates. Since January 2018, a total of 3 newly elected trustees have enrolled in ETP. This represents 23% of all new trustees statewide. The Excellence in Trusteeship Recertification program is in its third year for board members reelected to a new term. Thus far, eight trustees have completed the new recertification program. Beyond the Excellence in Trusteeship Program, the League provides several online continuing education opportunities for trustees. Other videos and training materials, including the Intro to Brown Act video, are available at

CEO Symposium

The 2018 CEO Symposium in Monterey Bay offered an opportunity for chancellors and presidents to meet and discuss the critical issues that face California Community Colleges. The event also encouraged the sharing of promising practices and collaboration on key issues such as effective partnerships with labor, online education, community college funding, and guided pathways. The 2018 CEO Symposium was the third year of the combined Northern CEOs Conference and Southern CEOs Conference, hosting 114 of the 136 CEOs statewide.

CEO Leadership Academy

Finally, with support of a committee of experienced and retired CEOs, the League launched the CEO Leadership Academy. The CEO Leadership Academy is designed to address the unique challenges and opportunities confronting California Community College CEOs. Beyond theory, the Academy focuses on the practical skills and practitioner-based strategies needed to transform and sustain our districts and colleges. Support for the Academy came from Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI). Now in its second year, 17 Presidents, Superintendent/Presidents, and Chancellors in the first three years of their role attended the CEO Leadership Academy. Participants included some new to the role and others who were moving from college president to boardlevel CEO. Topics included: transformational leadership and community building, board/trustee relations, finance and enrollment management, foundations and fund-raising, advocacy and external relations, and discussions about basic skills reform and Guided Pathways.

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The League strives to build successful partnerships and highlight the successes of the California Community Colleges.

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OTHER NOTEWORTHY HIGHLIGHTS In 2017-18, the League also embarked on some new and exciting efforts. Our efforts strive to build successful partnerships and highlight the successes of the California Community Colleges.

California Community Colleges History Project While scholars have published books about the American community college system and the California Master Plan, none have specifically focused on California Community Colleges, the largest system of public higher education in the nation. The League has embarked on a project to document the history of the California community college system. The project: A College for all Californians: The History of Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Colleges, consists of three parts: 1) a published book about the history of Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Colleges; 2) an interactive timeline on our new website; and 3) filmed oral history interviews with individuals offering perspectives on the vision and evolution of community colleges. The League looks forward to sharing more about this important initiative in 2018-19.

California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) and League Relationship The League has a longstanding partnership with the California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA). In 2017-18, the League Board took key steps to further clarify this important relationship. The goal of these efforts has been to mitigate liabilities and ensure the success of community college athletics.

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LOOKING AHEAD 2018-19 In 2018-19, the League will focus on building effective communications and coordination with community college stakeholder groups, which includes establishing a Leadership Council to support this effort. We will continue to support CEOs through the implementation of significant college-level reforms and highlight the successes of community colleges statewide. Further, the League will better influence the policy-making process by investing in research partnerships that highlight and support community college innovations. Thank you to all the college leaders who supported the League’s advocacy and programming in 2017-18. The League advocates for and supports colleges in partnership with our membership and we look forward to serving California’s community colleges in 2018-19.

LEAGUE STAFF Association Operations Larry Galizio, Ph.D. President & CEO

Government Relations & Communications Ryan McElhinney Legislative Advocate

Events & Education Services Cherie Savage Director, Meetings and Events

Lizette Navarette Vice President

Laura Murrell Communications Manager

Judy Centlivre Executive Assistant

Gerson Liahut-Sanchez Fellow, Government Relations & Communications

Carmen T. Sandoval Director, Education Services and Leadership Development

Yolanda Avalos Program Associate Agnes Lupa Member Resources Associate

Fiscal Services Sarah Kiesling Finance Director Deborah Adkins Accounts Receivable Specialist Alexis Barone Accounts Payable Specialist

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Danté Guin Fellow, Education Services and Leadership Development District Services Lisa Mealoy Director, District Services & Development James Wiser Director, Library Consortium Consultants Jane Wright Consultant, Policy & Procedure Services

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2017-18 League Highlights  

The Community College League of California offer this report in part to thank out 72 districts for their tireless efforts as we partner to s...

2017-18 League Highlights  

The Community College League of California offer this report in part to thank out 72 districts for their tireless efforts as we partner to s...