Community Colleges To Lose All State Funding Under Budget Plan

By Alexandra Olgin
Published: Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:58am

State lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey have reached agreement on a state budget for the next fiscal year. Arizona’s three state universities will face more cuts than the governor had initially proposed.

The plan now calls for the schools to have $104 million cut from their budget.

Community colleges in Pima, Pinal and Maricopa counties will lose all their state funding.

Dr. Rufus Glasper is the chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District. He said the cuts will force district leaders to make some tough decisions.

"Quite frankly we will have to decide what size of an institution we want to have," Glasper said. "We are serving in excess of 260,000 students. We will have to determine how to maintain the quality and the level of services  and move forward and look for new funding sources."

Glasper said state funding made up about half of one percent, or about $8 million, of the district’s annual budget.

EDITOR'S NOTE: KJZZ is licensed to Rio Salado College, which is part of the Maricopa County Community College District.

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