The League–Your State Association
The Community College League of California is a nonprofit, public benefit, corporation whose voluntary membership consists of the 72 local community college districts in California. It was formed in 1990 as the result of a merger of the California Association of Community Colleges, the California Community College Trustees and the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges.
Within the League are two major organizations that share a common mission, staff and fiscal resources: the California Community College Trustees (CCCT) and the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges (CEOCCC).
In addition, two other organizations are affiliated with the League: the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) and the California Community College Classified Senate. The League affiliated organizations have many goals and objectives similar to CCCT and CEOCCC and recognize that the sharing of facilities and some resources helps strengthen those common purposes. Yet it also is recognized that each League affiliate maintains total independence to pursue the objectives of its members which on occasion may be at variance with the positions taken by CCCT and CEOCCC.
CCCT has a 21-member board of directors elected by the 72 local governing boards. CEOCCC has a 16-member board of directors elected by the local community college chancellors, superintendents and presidents. These boards of the League meet approximately six times a year. At those meetings action is taken on education policy issues before the state Board of Governors and the Legislature. Policy direction also is provided to staff concerning research initiatives, publications, workshops and conferences.
To provide coordination and unity among the League organizations and to assure adequate resources and appropriate staff and facilities support for the League organizations and its affiliates, representatives of the League organizations and the affiliate organizations are selected by each organization to serve on the League Board of Directors. The League Board establishes the budget and dues for the League, employs and evaluates the President/CEO, and approves a staff organization structure. It also establishes and evaluates the annual education policy agenda and annual legislative program. The Board includes seven representatives from CCCT, CEOCCC, and from the Classified Senate.
The Advisory Committee on Legislation, composed of a cross-section of local trustees and community college personnel and students, functions as an advisory body to League organizations. The committee reviews legislation, develops appropriate legislative solutions, and recommends League advocacy priorities.
Developing and Implementing Positions
During each legislative year, League staff identifies and analyzes roughly 500 bills that directly affect the community colleges and local government. In order to identify those bills, staff review each of more than 500 bills introduced each year by the Legislature. Bills can affect the community colleges in every area of their operation: mission, academic quality, accountability, finance, governance, employee-employer relations, facilities planning and funding, vocational education, student services and many other related topics.
The League's legislative committee reviews and advises the CCCT and CEOCCC boards of directors on each of the analyzed bills. The committee meets on a regular basis from September through June. Members discuss and debate the bills and how they relate to League policy and the legislative priorities before recommending a position.
Standard League Positions
|Support||Actively lobby passage; send letter to author and/or legislative committees; follow-up letter to appropriate committees; testify before legislative committees; monitor and track bill.|
|Support if Amended||Support only if appropriate amendments are placed in the bill as directed by the League's boards of directors.|
|Oppose||Actively lobby defeat; send letter to author and/or legislative committees; follow-up letter to appropriate legislative committees; testify before legislative committees; monitor and track bill.|
|Oppose unless Amended||Seek appropriate amendments as directed by the committee; actively pursue and lobby; send letter to author and/or legislative committees; follow-up letter to appropriate legislative committees; monitor and track bill; seek defeat of bill if it is not appropriately amended.|
|Watch||Follow bill and any amendments; take back to committee if significantly amended.|