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Resolution 1 - 2020

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 1/23/30 BN

Date: January 23, 2020 To: Board of Trustees From: Dr. Michael A. Baston Subject:Approval to support a permanent funding floor for community college base State aid formula - Fiscal year 2020

MOTION

A motion by Trustee Ramos, second by Trustee Valentine, and

WHEREAS, community colleges serve as economic engines that provide a trained workforce and educated citizenry for the State of New York and the local communities in which they're located;

AND WHEREAS, community colleges are anchor institutions that help keep their communities strong and vibrant by serving as major employers, community hubs, and social centers;

AND WHEREAS, community colleges are the primary catalyst to the middle class by serving more low-income students than any other sector of higher education;

AND WHEREAS, community colleges anticipate and respond to the emerging needs of their local communities and remain the most adaptable sector of higher education;

AND WHEREAS, community colleges serve nearly half of all undergraduates enrolled in the SUNY System along with nearly as many life-long learners through non-credit classes;

AND WHEREAS, a level of predictability in State funding is essential to provide community colleges the ability to plan and budget accordingly and recognizes each college's annual fixed costs;

AND WHEREAS, the 98% of the previous year or $100 increase per FTE, whichever is greater, language added to the community college funding model for fiscal year 2019 was a step in the right in the direction and appreciated;

AND WHEREAS, the funding floor should be set in State statute at 100% of the previous year or $100 increase per FTE, whichever is greater;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees fully supports the proposal that New York State change the base state aid formula allocation for each community college to be permanently set at 100% of the previous year or $100 increase per FTE, whichever is more.

ACTION

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Dillon, Valentine, Eckert, Hilowitz, Ramos and Leonard
Nays: none
Motion passed: 7 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
January 23, 2020