Higher Ed Budget Cuts Announced

Tuesday September 8th brought gloomy news from Governor Tim Kaine as he announced the cold hard numbers to cope with in the state budget deficit.  Along with layoffs of state employees, Governor Kaine’s budget will reduce the funding to higher education 13 or 15 percent, depending on the institution.  However, by making use of State Fiscal Stabilization Funds that were set aside for fiscal year 2011, the overall net reduction for the Virginia Community College System is approximately 6.9 percent.  There are no employee layoffs planned for any of the community colleges.

While the budget numbers were particulary hard on certain state departments such as the Virginia Department of Corrections with three facilities closing and 225 jobs lost, the community college system emerged in relatively good shape.  This is important since enrollment is up drastically across the system with record enrollments for 2009-2010.   Although the jobless rate in Virgina remains below the national average, many people are worried about their futures.  Community colleges have historically registered increased enrollment  during times of economic turmoil as residents frequently seek to retrain rather than relocate.

About Pam Linkous

Editor of my high school newspaper back when papers were carved into stone tablets and delivered by oxen, I now spend my days unraveling the mysteries of Blackboard (like, you mean my instructor has my paper NOW...I just accidently pressed enter....oh noooooo) and trying to understand how textbooks today cost more than tuition did when I went to college the first time. Despite needing several more hours per day to get everything done (who do I e-mail, Facebook, blog about that?), I still love to write and am willing to take on assignments that do not require staying up past my bedtime.
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