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Declining state support and insufficient increases in county contributions have created a severe fiscal challenge to Prince George's Community College (PGCC), in Maryland. Total state aid in fiscal year (FY) 1995 was $857,189 less than in FY 1990, while in FY 1994 PGCC also began assuming responsibility for social security payments previously paid by the state. To meet the immediate revenue shortfalls engendered by state funding reversions, PGCC has undertaken the following measures: (1) elimination of cost-of-living increases since FY 1991; (2) the implementation of hiring and equipment purchase freezes and the elimination of conference travel, professional development, and training budgets; (3) furloughing employees from 5 to 7 days in FY 1992; (4) a reduction in summer pay rates; (5) implementation of an instructional services fee; (6) administrative reorganization; (7) a voluntary resignation incentive program; (8) downsizing through abolishing 27 vacant positions; and (9) an increase in tutition from $55 to $64 per credit hour. The college's needs over the next 5 years, however, will be considerable. More county residents attend PGCC than any other institution of higher education and the college spends $500,000 each year to provide academic support services to underprepared students. Further, to adequately prepare students for the changing world of work, the college must maintain up-to-date instructional laboratories. Increased public support will be needed to moderate future tuition increases and avoid limiting access. (Graphs and tables are included.) (BCY)

Descriptors: Access to Education, College Planning, Community Colleges, Educational Finance, Financial Exigency, Financial Needs, Financial Problems, Retrenchment, State Aid, Two Year Colleges

Autor: Clagett, Craig


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