Cuts in State Budgets Threaten Nation's College-Completion Agenda

Cuts in state budgets are putting the nation's college-completion agenda in jeopardy, says a new report by the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama.

The center surveyed members of the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, whose institutions' main goals these days are graduating more students and adequately preparing them for employment. Yet few states have long-term plans to increase colleges' operating and capital budgets enough to serve additional adult students pursuing degrees and certificates, respondents said. The stagnant financial outlook presents a particular challenge to institutions enrolling one of the nation's fastest-growing demographic groups, Latinos, the report says.

Cuts in State Budgets Threaten Nation's College-Completion Agenda