CRITICIZES PROPOSED BUDGET, WHICH IS $24.5 MILLION LESS THAN REQUESTED
Kentucky's community and technical colleges are the most underfunded part of the state's postsecondary education system and are severely shortchanged in a proposed postsecondary budget for the 2008-2010 biennium, an official said yesterday.
Michael B. McCall, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, said in Lexington that KCTCS will need an infusion of $32 million in state general fund money every year if it is to reach state-mandated goals by 2020.
That would be more than three times greater than the $7.5 million that the Council on Postsecondary Education recommended for KCTCS in each year of the 2008-2010 biennium.
The council's proposed amount falls $24.5 million short of the KCTCS request.
"The council's recommendation is not enough for us," McCall said....
...Brad Cowgill, the council's interim president, said in a statement: "The council's budget request for higher education balances the objectives of our separate institutions, aggressively seeks adequate funding and promotes essential affordability and accountability. Its total amount is reasonable and it fulfills the council's responsibility under the law to make a unified request for the postsecondary system." ...
This from the Herald-Leader.