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California Community College Collaborative, a community college policy and research center at UC Riverside, will host a panel discussion

(April 21, 2010)

Local, regional and statewide officials will discuss the uncertain financial situation at California community colleges during a free panel discussion May 13 at UC Riverside.

The discussion, presented by the California Community College Collaborative , a community college policy and research center at UCR, is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 302 Highlander Union Building (HUB).

Scheduled to participate are: Gregory Gray, chancellor of the Riverside Community College District; Michelle Pilati, a professor of psychology at Rio Hondo College in Whittier and vice president of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges; Scott Lay, president and CEO of the Community College League of California; and Jason Buckner, a staff member of Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto.

John Levin, director of the California Community College Collaborative and recently named interim dean of UCR's Graduate School of Education, will moderate the discussion.

The discussion comes at a time of increased attention on community colleges.

This week, at the annual meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges in Seattle, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced it would direct up to $110 million into replacing remedial-education programs at community colleges. Last year, President Barack Obama proposed a plan to invest billions of dollars into community colleges.

Topics likely to be discussed by panelists include: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's May budget revision, an increased reliance on funding from sources such as foundations and grants, larger class sizes and increased student fees, said Elizabeth Cox, assistant director of the California Community College Collaborative.

Reservations are required to attend the panel discussion. Please respond by April 30 to Noemy Medina at 951-827-5984 or noemy.medina@ucr.edu.

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