After making presentations to students, faculty and staff groups at Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College during Fall Semester, 2005, the Associated Students of each of the three campuses made a presentation to the District Governing Board Jan. 25, 2006, to propose that all students in the district would be charged a health services fee, as permitted by the Education Code (Section 76355), in order to fund the provision of health services to district students.
The reasons for this proposal include:
At the January (2006) meeting, the District Governing Board was open to the proposal, but requested more details before granting approval. The Chancellor formed a district-wide Ad Hoc Health Services Committee (with representatives from students, faculty, staff and administration) to explore the issues in greater depth and to provide the Governing Board with the level of detail they are requesting. The committee held its first meeting on Feb. 24, 2006, reviewing the steps taken to date and initiating discussion about several key decision points (services to be provided, the amount of the fee, possible exemptions and a timeline). Additional meetings were held March 9 and 23, April 6 & 27. The recommendations from the committee included:
After meeting with the Chancellor's Cabinet on May 9 about the recommendations from the committee, additional concerns emerged about the need to exempt a limited number of students (those who enroll in non-credit programs or contract education classes or who are concurrently enrolled high school students). Budgets were re-calculated and the modified proposal was presented to the district governing board as a discussion item at its May meeting. The board was again supportive. The proposal was scheduled to come back to the district governing board as an action item for the July (2006) meeting in order to gain formal approval and set the RFP and student health fee process in motion.
From the July 26, 2006 District Governing Board agenda packet:
From the publication, "Board Report", from the July 26, 2006 District Governing Board meeting:
"The Governing Board approved the student health service fee (Board Report No. 7-D) that will be implemented in the Fall 2007 semester. With the implementation of the fee, health services will be offered for all students enrolled at all District colleges and centers."
Following these discussions, the district sent out a Request for Proposals (RFP) in the Fall, 2006. Proposals were submitted and an evaluation committee (composed of students, faculty, staff and district office representatives) met during the fall, and made a recommendation to the district chancellor and the board. During the Spring, 2007, the Chancellor's cabinet decided to study the matter in more detail, particularly the planning and funding for facilities renovations, as well as the short-term and long-term financial viability of the proposal.
During the Summer, 2007, both LMC and CCC withdrew from the proposal. In October, 2007, the (then) ASDVC president and the Dean of Student Life met with the (incoming) DVC president to ask for her support. The President and members of her cabinet expressed several areas of concern and made a decision to not move forward with the proposal at that time.
For more information, contact Bill Oye, Dean of Student Life (DVC) at email@example.com or by phone at (925) 685-1230 ext. 2445.
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