North Carolina community college leaders are balking at a proposal to save about $5 million a year by merging the administration and back-office work at the smallest campuses.
The General Assembly's program evaluation division reported Tuesday that merging 15 of the smallest colleges into bigger neighbors and forming a purchasing cooperative to get volume discounts would save nearly $30 million over six years.
No campuses would close. The schools with fewer than 3,000 full-time students would lose their separate presidents, payroll departments and other administrative functions to the larger community college in the merger.
Twenty of the state's 58 community colleges already run multiple campuses.
Community College System President Scott Ralls says $5 million a year in savings is small compared with the disruptions the mergers would cause.