The Senate’s FY 2010-11 Community Colleges budget expands the overall appropriations authorized in 2009’s biennium budget by 5 percent, and totals $1.06 billion.
The Senate’s budget on Community Colleges exceeded the Governor’s budget proposal by around $18.4 million.
Major expansions and reductions include:
- Funding for Prisoner Education: $17.6 million. Funding to provide Community College courses for inmates in State prisons. This is a continuation of the prisoner education program that received $32.9 million in non-recurring funds in the budget of FY 2009-10. An additional $2.35 million will be appropriated to this program from the Senate’s Department of Correction budget.
- Funding Enrollment Growth: $85 million. These additional funds will support enrollment growth at Community Colleges for FY 2010-11. Enrollment increased by 15.8% according to the 2009-10 spring semester census. Last year’s budget bill had slotted $41 million for 2010-11 enrollment growth, but that has been determined to be insufficient.
- Management Flexibility Reduction: $13.5 million. The State Board of Community Colleges will decrease funding of each community college as it sees fit. The Senate’s flexibility reduction is significantly lower than the Governor’s recommended flexibility reduction of $33.3 million.
- Eliminate seven positions in the Community College System Office: $575,022. Positions such as Education Program Director, Technology Support Analyst, Business Officer, Office Assistant, and Television Production Assistant will be terminated.
- Increase of Tuition: $23,244,836. Increases tuition per credit hour for residents by $5 and by $5.70 for nonresidents. This is notably lower than the Governor’s proposed across the board increase in tuition by $8 per credit hour.