Public Higher Education Funding Budget Drivers

760 WordsSep 17, 20154 Pages
The article I read Public Higher Education Funding Budget Drivers, and Related Issues; The State Community College Director Perspective; I found was particularly interesting. It was reviewed by Stephen Katsinas, Director of the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama. Mark D’Amico Assistant Professor of Educational leadership at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Janice Friedel, Associate Professor, School of Education at Iowa State University. They all reviewed the article results of the 2012 National Survey of Access and Finance Issues conducted by the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges; they observed trends and projected the effects the trend would have on the future of community colleges,…show more content…
Higher education is turn was directly affected by the shift in priority of legislature. While this is not a new concept it does reinforce how closely tied both are. Regarding capacity concerns the initial 2009 survey results noted 28 public flagship universities stated they had not capped their enrollment, 29, at public regional universities; while 12 reported they had capped enrollment. Of the 12 states that capped enrollment the majority of them were in the most populous states such as California, New York and Texas. Reviewers noted concern over if the community colleges will be able to handle the influx in high school and adult students with universities capping enrollment. Their concern is that it may not. The survey respondents showed disagreement in this area as well. That paired with the fiscal challenges noted in the survey prompted strong views from the reviewers. The article notes in“FY1981, 22 states contributed at least 50% of community colleges’ revenues, accounting for 55% of community college enrollments. By FY2001, only 7 states contributed at least 50% of community colleges’ revenues, accounting for 8% of community college students.” (Katsinas, D 'Amico, & Friedel 2014). By 2007-2009 this was not the case; education across the board suffered major midyear budget cuts across all states. These budget cuts affected how facilities were being managed at intuitions of higher learning. Funds for maintenance were being prioritized and
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