Here are key highlights from Gov. McCrory’s proposed higher education budgets.
Community College System
Consists of 58 community colleges across the state serving all of North Carolina’s 100 counties.
The community college budget follows a larger trend of failing to boost public investment in the state’s education pipeline, with the exception of some additional funding for one-time bonuses, equipment upgrades, and a locally-driven initiative to promote post-secondary success. After years of steady increases in tuition, the proposed budget does not reverse this trend, failing to make post-secondary training and education at community colleges more affordable.
- Funding provided for discretionary one-time bonuses, maximum $3,000, to selected state employees at NC community colleges ($29.4 million).
- Savings recognized due to decline in enrollment ($26.2 million).
- Funding provided for locally-determined support services to help ensure students earn a credential or degree ($16.6 million).
- One-time funding provided to upgrade and maintain instructional equipment at NC community colleges ($7.5 million).
Consists of 16 four-year public universities across the state serving more than 220,000 students, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics. Read more