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Report 92-19: Approval of the Lemoore Center of the West Hills Community College District: A Report to the Governor and Legislature in Response to a Request from the Board of Governors to Recognize the Center as the Official Community College Center for the Lemoore/Hanford Area of Kings County

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

August 1992

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Among the statutory responsibilities of the California Postsecondary Education Commission is to advise the Governor and Legislature about the need for and location of new institutions and campuses of public higher education. In this regard, the Legislature has agreed that it will not appropriate funds for new institutions, branches, or off-campus centers without the Commission's recommendation.

As a result, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges asked the Commission in 1991 to approve the Lemoore Center of the West Hills Community College District so that it will be eligible for State capital funds.

The Lemoore Center is an existing facility that the district constructed with local funds in 1982. It serves the Lemoore/Hanford area of Kings and Fresno Counties--an area that lies within both the West Hills and College of the Sequoias Community College Districts. This fact created a jurisdictional problem between the districts, and the Board of Governors has determined that the problem should be resolved by granting permanent educational center status to the Lemoore operation.

For numerous reasons discussed in this report, including service to students, the substantial presence of the existing center, and the fiscal health of the West Hills District, the Commission agrees with the Board of Governor's decision. It thus recommends that the center "be approved as an officially recognized educational center of the California Community College system and that it become eligible for State capital outlay funding as of the 1993-94 fiscal year" (p.2)

The Commission adopted this report at its meeting of August 24, 1992, on recommendation of its Fiscal Policy and Analysis Committee.

Related Topics: Facilities Review

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