Just as we learn that two-year schools such as Century College are bursting at the seams with higher enrollment — and are playing a big role in the Obama administration’s education agenda — comes this sobering fact in the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Last year community colleges reported more midyear budget cuts than any other public higher-education sector.
The report, “Uncertain Recovery: Access and Funding Issues in Public Higher Education,” is being released today by the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama.
A majority of the state directors who responded to the survey said they have not planned for the end of the federal stimulus money that has been used to avert state budget cuts to education. As a consequence, tuition is expected to continue to increase as state budgets are cut and create access problems for students.
And that’s going to get in the way of Obama’s goal of increasing by 5 million the number of people with college degrees by 2020.