Designing a Successful Budget Model for California Community Colleges

Designing a Successful Budget Model for California Community Colleges

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The California Community College (CCC) system has faced many challenges over the years but has been able to prove its success and durability by annually producing educated students. One challenge that faces the community college in California is reduced funding from the State. The colleges have continued to exist and expand through financially flush as well as fiscally strict budget years. The CCC has persisted through complex state and government changes particularly to the funding system, tuition increases, and state-wide hiring freezes. The purpose of this study was to identify the components of budgetary differences among thriving, maintaining, and struggling institutions within the CCC system. An additional purpose of this study was to create, based upon the findings of this study, an effective financial model for CCCs to assist them in successfully handling tough budget years. This research focuses on the components that comprise a successful budget for CCCs. Through this research there were a number of significant findings based on criteria that were determined to be components of the annual budgeting process. These findings presented the significance levels of the criteria studied and found that the mission of the institution and maintaining an excess reserve are vital to an institution's success in budgeting.Having an awareness of the ties between the budget and the institutiona#39;s strategic and operational plans is a vital ... constraints that have to a certain degree barred some of the seemingly sound decision processes from working to the bestanbsp;...

Title:Designing a Successful Budget Model for California Community Colleges
Author:Melea R. Fields
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007


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