Mixed Blessings

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Despite declining revenues and budget cuts, Mississippi’s community and junior colleges report record enrollment. Eric Clark, Director of the state’s board on community and junior colleges, said that typically during recessions there is a spike in enrollment at the community and junior colleges. Hinds Community College has seen a 21.8 percent increase in enrollment since Fall 2008. The 5 percent budget cuts have yet to come down, but the state’s community and junior colleges will have to be a little innovative in addressing increasing enrollment and a decreasing budget. Clark referred to this as a “mixed blessing.” Said Clark, “It’s a strain. Our leaders in Mississippi have to understand the stress this puts on our community colleges.”


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