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VENTURA : Funds to Increase for Oxnard College

April 16, 1992|TINA DAUNT

Ventura County Community College District officials have decided to move ahead with plans to greatly increase Oxnard College's share of the district's funding.

In a meeting Tuesday night, the college district's Board of Trustees agreed to switch to a new funding model based on the needs of the colleges rather than the size of their student bodies.

Under the plan, the district would cut $860,758 from Moorpark College, and $347,943 from Ventura College while Oxnard College's funding would increase by $710,693. Officials hope the switch will erase the historical inequities that have made Oxnard College the poor stepchild of the community college district.

The trustees also decided to prohibit colleges from operating in the red and dipping into the district's reserves, as they have done in the past.

Although the plan was greeted with enthusiasm from Oxnard College leaders, officials at Ventura and Moorpark colleges say the plan is unfair.

But Trustee Gregory Cole said the new model provides "a mechanism for better economic planning and projections."

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