A change in how North Carolina community college funding is calculated has required many campuses to make cuts this fall.
Gov. Pat McCrory signed a state budget bill that contained a provision changing the base funding formula for the 58 colleges have used since 1999. McCrory sought such an alteration in his budget proposal in March, and leaders essentially went along with it.
The change is designed to more accurately reflect enrollment figures of schools as statewide enrollment ramps down from the height of the Great Recession. The adjustment means most campuses received less compared to under the old formula. It's resulted in fewer instructors, larger classes and diminished services.
McCrory says he ultimately wants to see funding based even more on which campus programs are creating high-paying jobs.