Leaders of Mississippi’s community college system said that the 5.5 percent cut in their budget proposed by Gov. Phil Bryant could lead to higher tuition, bigger classes and more part-time instructors.
A Hot Springs community college’s Board of Trustees postponed an April special election after attorneys questioned whether the school could legally use a property tax increase to fund campus construction projects.
A gift of nearly $11 million will enable a state community college campus in central Maine to expand by as many as 2,000 students, helping to accommodate the huge demand from those seeking enrollment, Gov. Paul LePage and other officials announced.
Jesse Yeh uses the University of California-Berkeley library instead of buying textbooks. He scrounges for free food at campus events and occasionally skips meals. He’s stopped exercising and sleeps five to six hours per night so he can take 21 credits — a course load so heavy he had to get special permission from a dean.
All but six of Arkansas’ 32 public colleges and universities raised tuition and mandatory fees at rates greater than inflation between 2005 and 2010, at times because they knew an institution down the road was raising its prices as well, according to a state audit.
California tax revenue fell nearly $539 million below projections in July, pushing the state closer to automatic, mid-year budget cuts to schools, universities and social services, State Controller John Chiang reported.
Virginia undergraduates will pay an average of 7.9 percent more this year in tuition and mandatory fees to attend state public colleges, according to a report released by State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
North Carolina’s community colleges could save about $5 million a year by folding administration and back-office work at the smallest campuses into larger neighbors, a legislative efficiency report said.
Louisiana’s top higher education board hasn’t updated a constitutionally required “master plan” for state colleges and universities in 10 years, the state Legislative Auditor’s Office says in a new report that outlines numerous political and legal factors that muddle the board’s mission and weaken its ability to do its job.
When it comes to cutting millions of dollars out of budgets for state community and technical colleges this spring, perhaps the most vexing issue is that the very programs that could kick-start new careers won’t be available for all the students who want to enroll.