Some community college leaders are encouraging their peers to embrace the idea of privatizing institutions, rather than continuing to rely on public funding. We look at both sides of the issue.
It’s a fact: public funding for community colleges has been dwindling over the past several years, and so far, there is no indication it will ever come back. Despite the lack of money to pay for courses and services, the demand for a community college education is higher than it has ever been. Covering the widening gap is easier said than done, but some community college leaders are suggesting that privatization is the way to go.
AACC Annual Meeting Explores Privatization Issue
The American Association of Community Colleges has been discussing the dwindling funding issue for some time. However, Inside Higher Ed
reports that the recent annual meeting of the organization was the first time the privatization issue was raised in earnest. Some of the community college leaders attending the meeting took a stand on the issue, stating that while they wished the situation was different, it was time to move to the next step.
“My own college behaves much more like a private college these days than a public,” Stephen M. Curtis, president of the Community College of Philadelphia, was reported saying at Inside Higher Ed. Curtis used this statement to encourage other community college leaders to at least consider the idea of privatization. Supporting his stand was Rufus Glasper, chancellor of Maricopa Community Colleges.
“We have no choice. The state funds are gone forever,” Glasper told Inside Higher Ed.
The two are not alone in their support of privatizing community colleges, but they face plenty of concern and even outright opposition . . . read more