• April 23, 2014

Highlights From a Survey of State Directors of Community Colleges

The Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama surveyed members of the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges about budgets, enrollment, and other topics. Every state but South Dakota responded. Here are some of the findings:

Numbers of respondents who said the likelihood of midyear budget cuts in state operating funds for the current fiscal year was:

  • Very high: 16
  • High: 9
  • Neither high nor low: 11
  • Low: 9
  • Very low: 5

When asked whether state funds for need-based and merit-based student aid kept pace with tuition increases, the following numbers of respondents:

  • Strongly agreed or agreed: 14
  • Neither agreed nor disagreed: 5
  • Disagreed or strongly disagreed: 29

Estimates of percentage changes in state operating budget support by sector over the past three fiscal years:

K-12

  • 2006-7 to 2007-8: 8.6%
  • 2007-8 to 2008-9: 4.9%
  • 2008-9 to 2009-10: 0.9%

Community colleges

  • 2006-7 to 2007-8: 8.2%
  • 2007-8 to 2008-9: 3.5%
  • 2008-9 to 2009-10: -1.0%

Regional public universities

  • 2006-7 to 2007-8: 7.7%
  • 2007-8 to 2008-9: 4.0%
  • 2008-9 to 2009-10: -0.9%

Public flagship universities

  • 2006-7 to 2007-8: 5.8%
  • 2007-8 to 2008-9: 4.1%
  • 2008-9 to 2009-10: 0.1%

Numbers of state college leaders who responded to the following statements about federal stimulus money:

My state used federal stimulus dollars to backfill revenue shortfalls.

  • Strongly agreed: 24
  • Agreed: 15
  • Neither agreed nor disagreed: 3
  • Disagreed: 5
  • Strongly disagreed: 2

I am concerned about a budget shortfall in 2011 when the one-time federal stimulus money is gone.

  • Strongly agreed: 27
  • Agreed: 12
  • Neither agreed nor disagreed: 1
  • Disagreed: 5
  • Strongly disagreed: 4

Numbers of state college leaders who responded to the following statements about capacity:

My state has the capacity to meet the needs of current and projected numbers of high-school graduates.

  • Strongly agreed or agreed: 25
  • Neither agreed nor disagreed: 7
  • Disagreed or strongly disagreed: 16

My state has the capacity to meet the needs of current and projected numbers of older, returning adult students.

  • Strongly agreed or agreed: 22
  • Neither agreed nor disagreed: 5
  • Disagreed or strongly disagreed: 20

 

Source: "Funding and Access Issues in Public Higher Education: A Community College Perspective, Findings From the 2009 Survey of the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges," Education Policy Center at the U. of Alabama

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