2012-13 Annual Report

Community College League of California
Connecting community colleges for a strong California


The Community College League of California promotes student access and success by strengthening colleges through leadership development, advocacy, policy development, and district services.

2012-13 Annual Report 
and 2013-14 Strategic Objectives

Despite continued economic challenges that threaten the comprehensive mission of California's seventy-two community college districts, the year ending June 30, 2012 was another outstanding year for the League and the organization's support of its member districts.

On behalf of the League's board of directors and team members, we offer you highlights of some of the organization's work for the year ending June 30, 2013 and our strategic objectives for 2013-14, and thank you for your support throughout the year.

2012-13 CCLC Board of Directors

Isabel Barreras, State Center CCD (CCCT)
Cindy Miles, Grossmont-Cuyamaca CCD (CEOCCC)
Russell Hamilton, 2nd Vice Chair (4CS)
Helen Benjamin, Contra Costa CCD (CEOCCC)
Laura Casas, Foothill-DeAnza CCD (CCCT)
Maureen Chenoweth, Foothill College (4CS)
Frank Gornick, West Hills CCD (CEOCCC)
Louise Jaffe, Santa Monica CCD (CCCT)
Kathy Smith, Redwoods CCD (CEOCCC)
Manny Ontiveros, North Orange County CCD (CCCT)
Chui Tsang, Santa Monica CCD (CEOCCC)

Governmental Relations and Policy Development
Advance the League as the primary advocacy organization for community college districts.

State Budget Advocacy
This year, the League continued to lead budget advocacy efforts for community college districts, and increased the focus on providing districts and concerned parties with the most accurate, timely information to guide local decision making. Additionally, the League recognized that, with the possibility of another prospective year of deep cuts (making three out of the four most recent years), the funding formula used to distribute funding to colleges needed to be examined.

Yes on Prop 30

Following the endorsement of the temporary tax measure by both policy boards, the League took a leadership role in fundraising and information distribution about the $3 billion impact on districts of Proposition 30. The League contributed $25,000 in non-public funds, and raised an additional $100,000 for the California Coalition for Public Higher Education, which turned the money over to the governor's official campaign in favor.

The League ran further ran ads on Facebook using non-public funds that were targeted at current college students in California. These ads were credited by the Los Angeles Times as driving up college turnout and assisting with the Proposition 30 victory.

The League supported member districts this year in budget advocacy and information in the following ways:

  • Regular communications were distributed to an e-mail list of more than 5,300 trustees; CEOs; senior administrators; leaders of faculty, staff and students; and other concerned individuals.
  • A webinar on the state budget was conducted in January and jointly presented by the Chancellor's Office and the League. More than 300 college advocates attended the webinars and were archived for viewing for those unable to participate live.
  • The Funding Formula Work Group of 12 chief business officers representing diverse districts and representatives of the Chancellor's Office met 3 times and developed recommendations on changes to deferral cash-flow and the basic allocation.
  • The League coordinated with the Chancellor's Office and the Californians for Community Colleges organizational partners on budget priorities and strategy.

Legislative Advocacy

The League continues to be the voice of community college districts in Sacramento. As the state's budget situtation has improved, legislation has re-emerged as the primary Capitol focus, and the League is redeploying resources accordingly. Recently, two new legislative advocates were hired under the leadership of a vice president coordinating external efforts, significantly enhancing the capacity to progressively act on and respond to legislation affecting community colleges.

League Capitol LogoThe League provided its legislative bill analysis online with the latest legislative action and status reports. On bills having the greatest impact, LeagueALERTs were distributed via e-mail to coordinate a grassroots response.

Some of the major policy issues League staff testified on in the Capitol this year include:

  • Accountability
  • Assessment
  • Bonds and taxes
  • Brown Act
  • Compensation 
  • Concurrent enrollment
  • Data systems
  • Debit card consumer protection
  • Distance learning
  • The Dream Act
  • Economic and workforce development
  • Elections and redistricting
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Facilities
  • Fees and Financial aid
  • Health care
  • Industry licensing
  • Pensions
  • Proposition 39
  • Public Records Act
  • Redevelopment
  • Student success
  • Textbooks
  • Transfer and articulation
  • Veteran and active military students
  • Workforce development

On federal issues, the League worked closely with the Chancellor's Office, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Community College Trustees, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and the Institute for College Access and Success. 

Some of the other highlights from Governmental Relations and Policy Development include:

  • President/CEO served on the 21st Century Commission Implementation Steering Committee of the American Association of Community Colleges.
  • Worked with the Chancellor's Office, the CCCT and CEOCCC boards to support the common recommendations of the Commission on the Future's A 2020 Vision for Student Success and the report of the Board of Governors' Task Force on Student Success.
  • Consulted with the Advisory Committee on Legislation to develop recommended positions for the CCCT and CEOCCC boards.
  • Presented on budget and legislation at over thirty association, district and college meetings.

Governmental Relations and Policy Development
2013-14 Strategic Objectives

  • While retaining the O Street office as the primary workplace for all staff, open a small satellite office near Capitol.
  • Complete the reorganization of the governmental relations, and develop strategic objectives for improving effectiveness.
  • Provide at least three regional advocacy trainings to build knowledge of the legislative and budget process of community college leaders.
  • Evaluate the best use, schedule, and meeting design of the Advisory Committee on Legislation.
  • In conjunction with the Commission on the Future, review policy roadblocks to effective pathways between K-12 and community colleges and foster collaboration between state and local K-12 and community college organizations, with a particular focus on student equity issues.

Education and Leadership Development
Promote effective leadership at all levels for community colleges.

The Annual Convention was held in Los Angeles and themed "Puttin' on the Ritz: a positive perspective in a difficult climate." Speakers included Chancellor Brice Harris, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Phi Theta Kappa President/CEO Rod Risley.

This year's Distinguished Alumni honorees included:

  • Cataleya Carlson Captain, C-130 Aircraft Commander (Pilot), United States Air Force, Sierra College
  • Brad Daluiso Financial Planning Specialist, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Grossmont College
  • Ernest Mitchell, Jr. US Fire Administrator, Department of Homeland Security, Long Beach City College
  • Eloise Gomez Reyes Attorney, Administrative & Civil Litigation, Law Offices of Eloise Gomez Reyes, San Bernardino Valley College
  • Dr. Cinna Toy-Wohlmuth Doctor of Medicine, Loma Linda University and White Memorial Center, El Camino College

The Annual Convention could not be possible without our partner organizations: California Community College Chancellor's Office, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, African Americans for the California Community Colleges, California Association for Registrars and Admissions Officers, California Association of Latino Community College Trustees, California Community College Association for Occupational Education, California Community College Chief Instructional Officers, California Community Colleges Classified Senate, California Colleges for International Education, Chief Student Services Officers, Community College Public Relations Organization, and the Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges.

At the Annual Trustees Conference in Lake Tahoe in May, attendees heard California School Boards Association Vernon Billy, Association of Community College Trustees President/CEO J. Noah Brown, and CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka on board-CEO relationships. A pre-conference session was held, along with a general session, looking at best-practices in accreditation.

Also at the conference, the following 2013-14 CCCT officers were elected:

  • Manny Ontiveros, President (North Orange County CCD)
  • Louise Jaffe, 1st Vice President (Santa Monica CCD)
  • Janet Chaniot, 2nd Vice President (Mendocino-Lake CCD)

The limited travel funds of member districts has reduced the number of attendees at conferences at most major local government associations, including the League. We have, however, maintained a similar number of participating districts at the major events, even if the number of attendees per districts has declined.

League Major Conference Attendance  
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Annual Convention 569 379 403 338 334 (this fall)
Annual Trustees Conference 158 154 111 113 147 124
Effective Trusteeship Workshop 96 108 85 125 77 152
Annual Legislative Conference 207 210 160 256 234 230

In FY 2013, the League launched the Excellence in Trusteeship Program, in which participating trustees will be eligible for a certificate of completion if they complete 3 sessions in 7 competencies over a 24 month period.

The League is committed to ensuring that leadership development opportunities are available to community college leaders of all levels, even when travel funds are scarce. New publications will be developed, along with opportunities for online learning.

Some of the other highlights from our work in Education Services and Leadership Development include:

  • Sponsored and administered the Asilomar Leadership Skills Seminar, the Classified Leadership Institute, the Northern California CEO Conference and the Southern California CEO Conference.
  • Presented participatory governance workshops with the Academic Senate at five community college districts.
  • Financially supported other leadership development organizations and actively participated in their programs:
    • African American Male Education Network & Development (A2MEND)
    • Asian-Pacific Americans in Higher Education
    • Latina Leadership Network

Education and Leadership Development
2013-14 Strategic Objectives:

  • Enroll at least 10% of trustees in the Excellence in Trusteeship program.
  • Register at least 60% of newly elected trustees in the Effective Trusteeship Workshop.
  • Create a Leadership Development Roundtable among organizations providing education and training for current and future community college leaders, with a focus on increasing the representation of California's diverse population at all levels.
  • Launch a Transformational Leadership Program that provides interdisciplinary support for emerging leaders.
  • Enroll at least 75% of new first-time chief executive officers in the New CEO Orientation in November and create a follow-up workshop in the spring. 
  • Offer at least three regional trustee trainings on selected issues tied to the Excellence in Trusteeship program.
  • Publish new trustee publications in effective CEO searches and using the Student Success Scorecard
  • Update the Introduction to Fiscal Responsibilities publication.

District Services
Deliver outstanding services and programs that engage districts and support their operations.

During FY 2013, for every $1 in dues paid to the League, member districts saved more than $11 through the association's collective purchase, service and finance programs. Here are some of the highlights:

  • BoardDocs: Through our master contract with Emerald Data Solutions, we provided 14 participating districts 25% off the BoardDocs electronic agenda management service.
  • Electricity Purchasing Program: The League continues to purchase electricity for 28 districts through Constellation Energy and provided more than 244,000 megawatt hours of electricity last year!
  • Library Technology Program: With our partnership with the Council of Chief Librarians, the League purchased over $4.6 million (+18%) in library materials through 33 vendors (+22%), with every college in the state subscribing to at least one database.
  • Retiree Health Investment Trust: Through the League-sponsored investment trust 12 districts have over $135 million invested to ensure that health benefits to retirees will be adequately funded. The program is overseen by the 21-district Retiree Health Joint Powers Authority.
  • Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRANs): Through both our full-year and mid-year borrowing programs, the League secured competitive borrowing rates for 27 districts borrowing over $362.6 million to ensure adequate cash flow to meet operational needs amidst state funding uncertainty.

Corporate Partners

WLC Architects

Constellation Energy

The League could not be successful without the support of our Corporate Partners. In 2012-13, they included:

Please join us in thanking these corporate partners, as it is through their support that we keep our programs and services affordable and of the highest quality. 

District Services
2013-14 Strategic Objectives

  • Conduct request for proposals for a credit card merchant services collective purchasing program to reduce transaction costs for member districts.
  • Coordinate with the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the Network of Community College Foundations to expand fundraising capacity of local college foundations.
  • Add three new Corporate Partners.

Association Operations
Be a highly effective and innovative organization.

The League and its member districts continue to weather the economic challenges and significant uncertainty created by the state's fiscal condition. The fiscal stewardship of the League's board of directors has ensured adequate categorical reserves to avoid a significant reduction in services, although out-year challenges remain. For this reason, the League Board of Directors established a Task Force on the Future of the League to look at financing, organizational structure, and strategic direction of the organization. The task force is anticipated to report to the League board this fall, and any significant changes will be distributed to the member districts for consideration before adoption.

For FY 2013, the League's operational revenues exceeded expenditures by $361,263 (primarily Corporate Partners and district services), and two one-time activities increased categorical reserves by $99,170 (net proceeds of redistricting service and legal settlement). 

At a time of increased scrutiny for nonprofit organizations, the League continues to prove itself as a fiscally sound and transparent organization. Full budget information, executive contracts, salary ranges, and IRS Form 990s are provided to the public at www.ccleague.org/disclosure.

Other significant association operations accomplishments in 2012-13:

  • The staff organizational chart was redesigned with clearer reporting relationships and succession planning.
  • A voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) phone system was installed to enable more flexible communications.
  • A joint dinner was held with the officers of the California Community College Trustees and the California School Boards Association to discuss collaboration and significant issues.
  • Significant staff development was conducted, including the completion of the Georgetown Nonprofit Management Executive Program by the President/CEO.
  • A new board and President/CEO evaluation method was established to have more clear measurement of organizational effectiveness.

Association Operations
2013-14 Strategic Objectives

  • Expand knowledge of our system of bilateral governance through a joint dinner between the California Community College Trustees and the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.
  • Conduct a meeting of the Commission on the Future and deliver recommendations to the California Community College Trustees and Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges on A Vision 2020 for Student Success, K-12 articulation, and enrollment access and equity.
  • Develop a "What is the League?" brochure explaining the scope of programs and services provided.
  • Develop a formal orientation and evaluation process for all League boards.
  • Conduct individual meetings with all first-time district chief executive officers.
  • Establish an orientation and evaluation process for each League board and committee, and establish a 360 evaluation process for the president/CEO for an April board discussion.

"Team League"

Yolanda Avalos, Program Associate
Judy Centlivre, Executive Assistant
Samantha DeMelo, Director, Communications & Marketing
Cary Jung, Director, Fiscal Services
Sarah Kiesling, Assistant Director, Fiscal Services
Scott Lay, President and CEO
Ryan McElhinney, Legislative Advocate
Rita Mize, Director, State Research and Policy
Lizette Navarette, Legislative Advocate
Jennifer Ong, Assistant Director, Fiscal Services
Sarah Raley, Director, Library Technology Program
Elaine Reodica, Program Manager, District Services and Corporate Partners
Carmen Sandoval, Director, Educational Servces and Leadership Development
Cherie Savage, Director, Meetings and Events
Kimi Shigetani, Vice President
Melodie Smith, Program Associate
Theresa Tena, Vice President

Program Consultants

Clyde Murley, Energy Programs
Jane Wright, Policy and Procedure Programs


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