Consumer Disclosures and Budget

As a member of the California Community Colleges system, information about Calbright’s student body, budget, and operations are public information. This page will be updated at least quarterly to provide current facts and figures regarding student enrollment and demographics and annually with the College’s budget.

Consumer Disclosures

Calbright College was created to serve adult learners across the state. We are the only community college in California that offers a competency-based model for education in a 100% online medium.

Our student body reflects our mission, and continues to grow after we opened our doors in October 2019. As of the end of November 2022, Calbright has a student body of 1,561 learners, who represent 44 counties across the state. More than 90% of Calbright students are 25+ years old, many who are returning to formal education in order to learn new skills and transition to a different career, be more competitive in their current field, and/or to grow their current skill set to grow alongside a rapidly evolving economy.

Our non-traditional academic calendar means students can enroll and begin immediately, any time of year!

Student Enrollment and Demographics

We’re growing quickly! Nearly 90% of Calbright students cite our unique model as the reason their program was accessible. Our flexibly paced curriculum allows students to move forward based on mastery of a topic, not hours spent in a classroom, and prepare adult learners to earn industry-valued certificates employers are looking for. More than a third (34%) of our students are parents/caregivers, and the ability to move as quickly as one would like, while taking the time they need, is essential for Californians who are working and raising a family, juggling multiple jobs, or managing the stress and uncertainty of unemployment and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of Calbright’s student body demographics, as of October 31, 2022:

  • 48% of our students are ages 25-39 and 43.4% are 40 or older
    • Median age is late 30s
  • 47.6% are male, 46.3% female, 1.5%. non-binary, and 4.6% decline to state
  • 13.1% identify as Asian, 23.7% as Back or African American, 30.8% as Latinx, 35.5% as white, and 6.5% as Native American/Alaskan/Hawaiian

More information is available in Calbright’s annual Milestone Report, as well as in our most recent enrollment report.

Budget

Calbright’s Board of Trustees, as well as State and California Community Colleges system policies, require that each annual budget meet the following criteria:

  1. The annual budget shall support the College’s strategic priorities.
  2. Assumptions upon which the budget is based are presented to the Board for review.
  3. A schedule is provided to the Board by March of each year that includes dates for presentation of the tentative budget, required public hearing, Board study sessions, and approval of the final budget. At the public hearing, interested persons may appear and address the Board regarding the proposed budget or any item in the proposed budget.
  4. Unrestricted general reserves shall be no less than five percent (5%) of the general fund.
  5. Changes in the assumptions upon which the budget was based shall be reported to the Board in a timely manner.
  6. Budget projections address long-term goals and commitments.

Timeline

Each budget’s timeline for the following year is developed by March. Calbright’s administration produces a tentative budget for the Board of Trustees to review each June. Board study sessions and development of the budget, including public hearings, then occur from July-August, with a completed budget voted upon and sent to the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges in September.

After the budget is approved, the Chief Executive Officer/President (or designee) shall make quarterly periodic reports to the Board and shall keep the Board fully advised regarding the financial status of the College, including a mid-year report showing the financial and budgetary condition of the College.

Previous Budgets

Calbright College was established by the State of California in June, 2018, and its first annual budget was for fiscal year 2020. Below are current and past summaries of our budgets: