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ERIC Number: EJ844193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Flourishing Programs: How to Grow in a Tough Economy
Greengard, Samuel
Community College Journal, v79 n6 p20-23 Jun-Jul 2009
In this article, the author explores how some community colleges have survived, if not thrive, amid the pain of a deep recession. Rather than cut educational options, administrators at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona have opted to freeze discretionary spending, sweep unspent budget allocations back into its general budget, improve its debt collections, and institute a more competitive contract bidding process. Pima has also leveled a recent hiring freeze and developed a more flexible human resources plan that involves cross-training and transferring qualified personnel rather than hiring new instructors and administrators, thus enabling the college to trim 10 percent of its administrative positions. Other colleges, on the other hand, are reaching beyond their local communities, as well as find new and creative ways to solicit donations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona