Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

07/13/2011 -- CCAC responds to funding cuts

PRESS RELEASE
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PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) responded today to an announced reduction in funding through Allegheny County by expanding a hiring freeze, promoting efficiency in scheduling and seeking other cuts in expenses. Enrollment will not be capped and remains open for the fall term.

“This reduction was unforeseen, and there are still many unknowns, but we will work through this process,” said CCAC President Alex Johnson. “In coordination with the CCAC Board of Trustees, we will focus on our core mission of providing a high-quality education that, at the end of the day, remains much more affordable than other options.”

CCAC, which was budgeted to receive $22.7 million from the county in calendar year 2011, will have its payments reduced by $2.5 million. The reduction, which was announced by County Executive Dan Onorato yesterday, comes in response to a $15 million cut in funding to the county in the 2011–2012 state budget.

CCAC also faces an additional reduction of approximately $3.5 million in funding from its state allocation.

“The timing of this reduction is unfortunate. Given the current economic environment, CCAC had already engaged in an extensive and challenging budget planning process,” said CCAC Board of Trustees Chair William Russell Robinson, who is also chair of county council’s budget and finance committee. “The college is committed to taking steps that are prudent for today and also follow a responsible long-term approach.”

CCAC today announced a hiring freeze on all faculty, staff and administrative positions. The halt expands an existing freeze on hiring most non-union administrative positions. Administrative salary increases have been eliminated.

In addition, Dr. Johnson has asked faculty and administrators to examine course schedules carefully to maximize class size and promote efficiency in scheduling. Enrollment will not be capped but remains open for the fall term, which begins August 22 for most credit classes and September 6 for others.

CCAC will also be reexamining all budget expenditures. The college’s $104.9 million 2011–2012 budget, which was approved in May and took effect July 1, is already $1 million less than the previous year’s budget.

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About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 170 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit www.ccac.edu to learn more.