State Board to take action on budget allocation model and 2016 budget request
OLYMPIA, Wash — The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will hold its regular business meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The board will consider a proposal to change the way state funds are allocated to community and technical colleges. It will also take action on the 2016 supplemental operating budget request that will go to the governor and Washington state Legislature when it convenes in January for its regular session.
The new allocation model was forwarded to the board by the community and technical college presidents’ association. If adopted, the new model would begin in the 2016-2017 academic year. It would phase in over four years with final implementation in 2020. The current model has been in place since 1999.
The proposed supplemental budget operating request includes $4.3 million to expand the Math, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) Community College Program statewide and $9 million to expand student support efforts with a goal of increasing retention rates. In addition, the request will include over $6.0 million to correctly backfill lost tuition revenue and to fully fund compensation increases provided in the 2015-17 biennium.
The business meeting is open to the public.
Prior to the business meeting, the board will hold its annual retreat Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 15. Members will work on a self-assessment and develop a work plan for the year ending in June. They will also review goals and policy focus for the next year, hear a presentation on the system’s operating budget, and discuss challenges facing the community and technical college system and students.
The business meeting and retreat will be held at the Alderbrook Resort, 10 E. Alderbrook Drive in Union. The meeting agenda and background materials are posted at the State Board’s website.