ERIC Number: ED463793
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Local Community College Action Campaign: Combating State Budget Cuts to Community Colleges.
American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
This document is a report on an action campaign started by members and supporters of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to combat current and planned cuts in state support to community colleges. The action campaign includes press releases and letters to the media, local leaders, general public, and elected officials. The campaign emphasizes that community colleges provide educational opportunities to many under-served ethnic groups and communities and develop and train many skilled workers, who contribute revenue to the local and state economies, in a variety of fields. The report also states that community colleges help reduce the unemployment rate in many cities. The campaign expresses that state budget cuts in community college funding are counterproductive to the overall state economy; moreover, cuts in education make states and cities less attractive to new businesses dependent on skilled employees. The report proposes that community colleges invite elected officials and the media out to their campuses to witness directly the programs and services provided to students and the community. Other avenues and recommendations for garnering support against budget cuts like editorials, press conferences, speaking engagements, public opinion polls, and town hall meetings are mentioned in the report. (MKF)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Role, Community Colleges, Educational Assessment, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Educational Technology, Labor Force Development, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, State Aid, Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://www.aacc.nche.edu/Content/Navigationmenu/Resource Center/Info_Planning_Tools_Action_Campaign/ Local_Community_College_Action_Campaign.htm.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.