NC Legislature's Panel Endorses Community College Changes

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A proposal to merge the smallest North Carolina community colleges with large neighbors has been endorsed by a legislative committee, but the changes are still a long way from happening.

An oversight panel endorsed Wednesday the recommendations of the Legislature's watchdog agency, despite opposition to the merger idea from college leaders. A report released last month estimated community colleges could save $5 million annually by merging the administration at 15 small colleges into bigger campuses. The report also suggested a purchasing cooperative to cut costs.

None of the campuses would close. Twenty of the state's 58 community colleges already run multiple campuses.

The idea now heads to a General Assembly education committee and the Legislature's fiscal staff. The full Legislature and possibly the governor would have to back the idea.

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  • by Dave Location: Winterville on Jul 14, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    @Professor: I both agree and disagree. If we were talking solely about highly paid administrators that aren't working to begin with, I would agree with your statement. The problem is that the proposal is *also* targeting peon workers with a humble wage who *are* working. So, as the proposal exists, I cannot support it. However, if it were changed to read something like "only presidents and high-level deans," then I could possibly support it.
  • by Professor Location: Eastern NC on Jul 14, 2011 at 07:49 AM
    I feel the merger would be great. Cut the large admin jobs that pay large salaries for people who have been there 30 yrs and use that money to pay more instructors. In case you haven't noticed when cuts happen in the NCCCS no one in high level positions are cut, it's the legs of the operation that loses out. So I say merge us all together..
  • by Jones M Location: Greenville on Jul 13, 2011 at 09:36 PM
    Well said, CC STUDENT. IMO, the "mergers" may put the administrative power/decision making in the hands of too few. Seems like a poorly thought out proposal from a management standpoint. It may also be another attempt by the Republican Party to dilute the historically Democratic Party strongholds at the grassroots.
  • by CC STUDENT Location: ENC on Jul 13, 2011 at 05:49 PM
    I am in favor of fiscal responsibility and cutting fat. But with my experiences with the community college system compared with the university system, the community college is a lean machine. From the reports I've read, there is no evidence that shows this plan lives up to its projections, especially when you consider the community loss aspect. If this plan goes through, community colleges just as well change their name by deleting the word "community".

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