ERIC Number: ED400024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
The Thin Green Line: Community Colleges' Struggle To Do More with Less. ERIC Digest.
since the economic difficulties of the 1980s and 1990s, community colleges have had to reconcile limited resources with open door admissions policies and a broad institutional mission. College budgets have not generally increased sufficiently to compensate for rising costs, with state-level financial support for higher education falling by 9.5% to 30% in various states between 1990 and 1991. In California, a 1992 study revealed that the revenue sources supporting the state's community colleges provided $2.8 million per year, but that $5.1 billion were needed for the colleges to meet the standards advocated by the state Board of Governors. This funding gap has had many consequences in the state, such as a larger student/faculty ratios, larger class sizes, and higher course loads taught by instructors each academic term. Some of the methods utilized by California's community colleges for working around the budget limitations have included increasing business ventures, such as licensing college logos and accepting corporate sponsorship for athletics; cutting course sections; reducing personnel; and transferring costs by deferring planned maintenance or moving employees to alternately-funded programs. Although many of these activities have had serious effects on the ability of the colleges to fulfill their mission, similar measures will have to be taken to balance community needs, institutional mission, and state resources in the future. (HAA)
Descriptors: Class Size, College Planning, Community Colleges, Economic Factors, Educational Economics, Educational Finance, Enrollment Trends, Financial Exigency, Financial Support, Institutional Mission, Program Termination, Retrenchment, School Effectiveness, State Aid, Teacher Student Ratio, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.