Two-year col­leges see­ing drop in en­roll­ment

The Covington News - - The second front - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

A re­cent cut to the Univer­sity Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia is spell­ing trou­ble for many two-year col­leges, which are see­ing a de­cline in en­roll­ment, which trans­lates into less money from tu­ition rev­enue.

Ge­or­gia Gover­nor Nathan Deal or­dered $108 mil­lion in cuts from the Univer­sity Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia, which means roughly $54 mil­lion for the cur­rent fis­cal year and $54 mil­lion for the next in re­duc­tions. Deal re­quested that state agen­cies find $553 mil­lion in bud­get cuts — the fifth year in a row that the gover­nor’s of­fice has asked depart­ment heads to come up with ad­di­tional re­duc- tions. More than half of the re­quested cuts are com­ing from the Univer­sity Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia and the Depart­ment of Community Health, ac­cord­ing to the At­lanta Jour­nal Con­sti­tu­tion.

A re­duc­tion in state fund­ing will likely lead to an in­crease in tu­ition and fees, ac­cord­ing to John Brown, vice chan­cel­lor of fis­cal af­fairs. He also stressed that more cuts could come and should be pre­pared for.

Brown also said that en­roll­ment has only dropped twice since 1978, but now shows that roughly twothirds of the sys­tem’s 35 col­leges will see ei­ther de­creases in en­roll­ment num­bers or no in­crease or de­crease at all.

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