ERIC Number: ED373839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul-8
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Missouri Community College Association Trustee Workshop.
McClain, Charles J.
To maintain public support, higher education in Missouri must make significant changes in the next few years, changes which will place the state's community colleges in a unique leadership position. Specifically, several pressing short, medium, and long-range issues facing the state's community colleges can be identified. Short-range issues include securing strong recommendations from the state Coordinating Board of Higher Education and the Governor to make higher education funding a top priority and establishing institutional priorities which secure additional state funding. In addition, the Hancock II Bill, which would reduce state support should be defeated, and a general obligation bond issue which would provide $5.7 million in capital funding should be passed. Medium range issues include dealing with the School-to-Work Initiative, which while it seeks to provide a shrinking workforce with higher level skills, will not be the only solution. Also, the Job Training and Partnership Act, which is funded heavily but may not be providing an adequate return on the investment, should be reviewed. Finally, long-range issues facing higher education in Missouri include addressing the increasing necessity of linking budgeting decisions with institutional performance. The state and its community colleges have, in fact, been leaders in the movement away from enrollment driven funding formulas in favor of student outcome-driven models, with funding based on number of degrees, certificates, and transfers. (KP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Remarks presented at the Missouri Community College Association Trustee Workshop (St. Peters, MO, July 8, 1994).