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ERIC Number: ED542211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 43
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Funding Issues in U.S. Community Colleges: Findings from a 2008 Survey of the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges
Katsinas, Stephen G.; Tollefson, Terrence A.
Online Submission
The purpose of this report was to summarize the impact the economic recession had on funding, access, and overall support for U. S. community colleges in 2008. Mortgage foreclosures, reduction in stock values, and an enormous credit crunch were headlines of economic news in the final quarter of 2007 and throughout 2008. A survey conducted by the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama, was sent to 51 members of the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges (NCSDCC). A special section related to tuition and student aid was included. It is important to note that 27 of the 49 respondents completed the survey prior to the collapse of the Wall Street investment houses and aggressive intervention into the capital markets by Secretary Henry Paulson in mid-September 2008. A primary concern of respondents was the weakening of state funds for all public education; among community colleges rural community colleges experienced the greatest financial strain. Vocational, technical, and occupational programs of study experienced significant weakening as well. Other "hot topics" included high gas prices, capped enrollment, and capacity to meet current and projected needs of potential student enrollment. Dramatic tuition increases and decreases in state revenue created an economic gap for community colleges that the respondents described as "troubling" Federal assistance related to Pell Grants and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), changes in the federal tax code, and increasing the federal match for the state portion of Medicaid would produce an immediate and positive impact on access and funding for community colleges. Local Tax Appropriation Funding Status of Community Colleges is appended. (Contains 14 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Alabama, Education Policy Center
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program