Election day has come and gone this month. A "tsunami" of anti-encumbent sentiment has swept many out of Congress, and I must now ask whether the new crowd will be helpful or harmful towards community college education.
In my own state the answer has already been handed down. Our budgets will be decreased by another 15% when the next budget is passed. The next round of draconian cuts promises to stretch tight budgets even tighter, despite the nearly 7% enrollment increase statewide. Community colleges in Mississippi are now facing an uphill battle, especially with the prospect of funding being tied to graduation rates rather than just full time enrollment numbers.