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ERIC Number: EJ829802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-23
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Community-College Enrollments Are up, but Institutions Struggle to Pay for Them
Bushong, Steven
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n20 pA24 Jan 2009
The downturn in the economy has coincided with enrollment increases at many community colleges. However, although enrollment at two-year institutions is up, several states have trimmed--or even chopped--appropriations for higher education. Florida, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Tennessee have each cut financing for 2009 by at least 5 percent, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of Education Policy, at Illinois State University. Alabama and South Carolina have reduced allocations by more than 10 percent. So far the hardest-hit institutions are those in states with a diminished manufacturing economy or a burst housing bubble. Community-college officials have seen this pattern before: History holds that when the economy declines, college enrollments rise. But what worries many officials is that this recession may be long and deep. "This is not a short-term problem," says Aims C. McGuinness Jr., a senior associate with the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, a nonprofit consulting group that advises states and public-college systems. "This is a time for having a clear mission and making strategic choices."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Florida; New Mexico; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee