Howard College Proposing Change in State Funding Formula 1/30/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
January 30, 2013
Big Spring Howard College among other community colleges are advocating for a different method of state funding for their institutions.
The current formula for determining state fudning to community colleges comes mostly from the total number of hours students are physically in class or labs. The more contact hours a school generates, the more money it receives from the state.
Howard College and other officials with the Texas Association of Community Colleges recently presented a slightly different funding proposal to the Texas Legislature's Senate Finance Committee and House Appropriations Committee.
Here is what they are proposing:
The number of contact hours the school generates.
Core funding, which would provide each community college with $500,000 annually, regardless of the number of contact hours generated.
Ten percent of a school's allocation would be based on how well it achieves performance benchmarks, such as how many students earn diplomas or certificates.