The primary mission of public higher education is to keep college education affordable and accessible for the public good. A slow economy and increased demand for public funds has had serious impact on the state’s ability to fund public higher education adequately. Community colleges are the fastest growing means of higher education today. In addition to state appropriations, community colleges receive funding from the local communities they serve.
Review the financials of a public college in your area (Southwest Georgia Area) and address the following:
- Describe the method used by your state legislator to fund public higher education.
- Determine if your state has been successful in keeping higher education affordable.