Your help is needed today to protect your community colleges.
As you know, the Governor proposed a budget that has the potential to destroy the community colleges and other public services. The Governor has stated that the State can no longer afford the level of services provided in the past, and we must reduce the size and function of our state government. Instead of taxing the rich or proposing well thought out reductions, the Governor is proposing an across-the-board 5.75% cut to all agencies.
Please help us by signing on to a postcard that asks your state legislators to:
1. Fund the Community College system adequately. The Community Colleges provide the "critical" service of educating our residents in Connecticut's urban and rural settings. Compared to UConn and Connecticut State University, Community College students in Connecticut receive far less instructional and student services support (see here for figures). And for all systems of higher education, the state's share of funding reduces almost every year, causing the colleges to rely more heavily on tuition dollars.
2. Keep tuition affordable. The Governor has proposed moving the costs for healthcare and retirement to the block grant instead of keeping these costs within the Comptroller's budget (the agency that negotiates the rates for these costs). Healthcare and retirement costs fluctuate from year to year, making budgeting difficult. It is especially difficult for the colleges because they need to decide on tuition levels before the state budget is final.
3. Stop the use of multi-million dollar consulting contracts to private companies. For example, the State paid the Boston Consulting Group $1.8 million to create Transform CSCU 2020, a plan that was criticized from its beginning and has since been all but abandoned. Despite the debacle know as Transform CSCU, the BOR and the State continue to pay millions of dollars to outside consultants, many of them out-of-state like BCG.
4. Invest in our students! Community Colleges are economic drivers for the state and the community. The state wants to keep and further attract businesses. How can it do so without an educated workforce? The Community Colleges are best poised to work with companies in their communities to create academic programs that will support these businesses in competing locally and in a global economy . Not to mention that community college graduates stay in Connecticut to live and work by higher percentages than the state's other public institutions.