Effects of Budget Limitations on the Los Angeles Community College District


Research shows that education beyond the high school diploma has benefits for individual students and for the economy and society as a whole. Yet, changes made to the California state financing system in the 1990s have affected the funding available to the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD)¿a citywide system of nine two-year community colleges. Community college proponents express concern that current funding levels have prevented LACCD from performing its primary mission: to make postsecondary education available to all California residents who can benefit from it. Funding concerns have motivated LACCD to analyze how its participation rate in the community evolved during the same time period. With support from LACCD, a team of researchers from RAND Education, a unit of the RAND Corporation, designed and carried out this analysis.

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