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Report 03-5: Commission Review of a Proposal by the State Center Community College District to Establish the Willow-International Community College Center

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

April 2003

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This report reviews a proposal by the State Center Community College District to establish a State-approved education center in the city of Fresno. The center would be named the Willow-International Community College Center, and it would replace an existing Clovis operational outreach center that is considered by the district to be insufficient for serving the growing population of Californiaís Central San Joaquin Valley.

The State Center Community College District includes all of Madera county and the north-eastern portion of Fresno county. Between 1990 and 2000, district enrollments increased by 31.4 percent, or 7,094 additional students. Planners estimate that by 2015 student demand will increase by nearly 49 percent, or 15,000 additional students. Because Fresno City College accounts for nearly 74 of district-wide enrollments, and because that campus is close to full capacity, it is argued that the district will be unable to serve all prospective students without an additional community college education center serving the region.

Although staff determined that the initial proposal sufficiently met the Commissionís guidelines for expansion of an outreach center to a State-approved educational center, it was felt that additional information was needed regarding classroom utilization and capacity ratios, proposed course offerings, and capital outlay and support budget cost. The requested information has been received and reviewed, and staff finds that the proposed Willow-International Community College Center fully meets the Commissionís guidelines for State-approved center status.

Related Topics: Facilities Review

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