Community Colleges Struggle to Raise Cash

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So with budget shortages in many states, community colleges across the country are struggling to raise funds.

Well some people have some helpful hints. According to an article by Matthew Dembicki in Community College Times:

Panelists at a session on revenue-generating strategies at the annual American Association of Community Colleges convention this week outlined their colleges’ efforts to find or expand funding, as well as ways to trim costs.

These suggestions are all couched in sunny euphemism (“play to strengths,” “restructure continuing education,” “optimize fundraising strategies”) but it really comes down to some fairly desperate strategies. As Dembicki writes,

Dwindling public funding is prompting community colleges to find new ways to develop revenue streams, from renting facilities for corporate and community use, to increasing fees for high-demand workforce programs.

What’s next? Let homeless people use the bathrooms for $1? [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer