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Press Release — Newly Appointed City College of San Francisco Special Trustee to Guide Return of Control to Locally Elected Board of Trustees

February 23, 2014

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today appointed Dr. Guy Lease to serve as the new special trustee who will guide the transition of governance back to the locally elected board of trustees, a transfer of authority scheduled to be completed in the next several months.

MEDIA ADVISORY — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris to Announce Appointment of New City College of San Francisco Special Trustee

February 20, 2015

Sacramento — Who/What: California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris will join City College of San Francisco leaders to announce the appointment of a new special trustee. Harris will also update the media on the timeline for transitioning governance back to the locally elected Board of Trustees. Joining Harris and the new special trustee will be leaders from the City College of San Francisco community.

MEDIA STATEMENT — Chancellor Brice W. Harris’ Statement on Recommendations From Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers to Streamline Federal Higher Education Regulations

February 13, 2014

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today urged Congress and the U.S. Department of Education to move quickly on new recommendations commissioned by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to streamline and reduce federal regulations for colleges and universities.

PRESS RELEASE — For Spring Term, California Community College Students Now Have More Than 1,600 Streamlined Transfer Degrees to Choose From Statewide 

February 3, 2015

Sacramento — California community college students aspiring to earn an associate degree guaranteeing admission to California State University (CSU) through a streamlined transfer program will have more than 1,600 degrees available starting this spring session, according to the California Community Colleges and CSU.  The California Community Colleges exceeded its goal of developing 1,600 Associate in Arts for Transfer and Associate in Science for Transfer degrees throughout the 112-college system by January 1, 2015. 

PRESS RELEASE — California Community Colleges Confers Record Number of Degrees and Certificates, Increases Student Enrollment in 2013-14, State of the System Report Finds 

January 21, 2015

Sacramento — California community colleges conferred a record number of degrees and certificates in the most recent academic year as enrollment and course offerings throughout the 112-college system increased for the first time since the Great Recession hit six years ago, according to figures released by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. 

MEDIA STATEMENT — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Responds to President Obama's State of the Union Proposal to Eliminate Community College Tuition 

January 20, 2015

Sacramento — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union proposal on community college tuition: 



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General Facts:

  • With more than 2.1 million students on 112 campuses, the California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the United States.
  • Approximately one in every five community college students in the nation attends a California community college.
  • Most of the 112 colleges are on the semester system, but Foothill, DeAnza and Lake Tahoe community colleges are on the quarter system.
  • Three out of every 10 Californians ages 18-24 are currently enrolled in a community college.
  • Fifty-five percent of community college students are people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and roughly 53 percent are female.

The 2013-2014 State Budget Funding for the California Community Colleges:

  • $25 million for Adult Education and $15.7 million Apprenticeship shift from K-12 to California Community Colleges.
  • $89 million to increase access.
  • $87.5 million for Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).
  • $209 million reduction in payment deferrals.
  • $47 million energy efficiency/Proposition 39.
  • $16.9 million for statewide distance education initiative.