Program

Gross Appropriation

Appropriation Breakdown

 

 

 

Community College

$245,479,179[51]

All from GF/GP

Operations

 

 

Program Description:

Michigan's 28 community colleges provide the following: (1) higher education opportunities to citizens for whom the cost, location, or academic entrance requirements of Michigan's four year colleges and universities are barriers to attendance; and (2) job training and retraining opportunities, including vocational, avocational, and non-degree courses and programs that may not be offered at other institutions.

Approximately 209,500 students attend classes full-time at one of Michigan's community colleges located throughout the state, with 2 in the Upper Peninsula, 7 in the northern Lower Peninsula, and the remaining 19 in southern Michigan.

Curriculum offerings at Michigan's community colleges include pre-professional, liberal arts, occupational, and vocational courses. Approximately, 50% of student credit hours are earned in liberal arts courses; 25% in business courses; 10% in trade and technical courses; 10% in health related courses; and the remainder in development and special interest courses.

For fiscal year 1995-96, Community College Operations funds will be allocated as follows:

Alpena Community College

$4,019,667

Bay de Noc Community College

$3,433,333

C.S. Mott Community College

$12,627,429

Delta College

$11,628,420

Glen Oaks Community College

$1,721,808

Gogebic Community College

$3,626,213

Grand Rapids Community College

$16,041,355

Henry Ford Community College

$17,655,954

Jackson Community College

$10,761,612

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

$7,967,756

Kellogg Community College

$7,081,046

Kirtland Community College

$2,654,652

Lake Michigan College

$3,921,588

Lansing Community College

$25,524,047

Macomb Community College

$27,644,077

Mid Michigan Community College

$3,135,176

Monroe Community College

$2,968,658

Montcalm Community College

$2,673,514

Muskegon Community College

$7,344,222

North Central Michigan College

$2,401,876

Northwestern Michigan College

$6,874,409

Oakland Community College

$18,480,029

St. Clair Community College

$5,800,435

Schoolcraft College

$9,431,755

Southwestern Michigan College

$4,399,729

Washtenaw Community College

$8,826,747

Wayne Community College

$15,006,750

West Shore Community College

$1,826,922

Recommended Action:

While public support of higher education would be better accomplished by converting from direct funding to a system of tuition vouchers or tax credits, such a plan may be politically unfeasible at the moment.[52] Such a system would provide greater incentive for institutions of higher learning to contain costs and make sure as many resources as possible are dedicated to serving the student's education needs. There are, however, some immediate steps that the Michigan Legislature should take to deal with escalating costs.

Between fiscal year 1984-1985 and fiscal year 1994-95, community college full-time student enrollment increased by approximately 2.2%--from approximately 205,000 to 209,500. During the same period, spending grew by approximately 55.1%--from $155,457,300 to $241,205,500.[53] Thus, spending increased more than 25 times as fast as did enrollment, a staggering figure.

Clearly, over the last decade, spending has risen at a disproportionately high rate. This needs to change; and a good way to do this would be to retroactively index spending.

Using 1984-85 as the base year, spending should be indexed to enrollment and inflation, which rose by approximately 2.2% and 41% respectively during the period 1984-1995: $155,457,300 * (1+ 0.022+ 0.41), which would yield a total of $222,614,854. Using this estimating formula, Michigan taxpayers would reap a savings of $22,864,375, as spending for fiscal year 1995-96 would be decreased from $245,479,179 to the indexed total of $222,614,854.