North Idaho College President Joe Dunlap was among the higher education officials who presented before Idaho’s state budget writing committee this week. He told lawmakers that the two year college needs funding help from the state. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley has more. (1:10 )
NIC President Joe Dunlap told members of the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that NIC and the other community colleges in the state have reached the limit of what they can do with current levels of funding:
Joe Dunlap: “The community colleges of Idaho have done heavy lifting during the recession, accommodating significant increases in enrollment, putting people back to work, and preparing over 50 percent of Idaho freshman and sophomores for upper division work at the four year institutions, and creating more career and technical programs.”
(Photos of North Idaho College campus by Nick Dimico)
Dunlap told lawmakers says that when adjusted for inflation, North Idaho College is receiving 32 percent less in state funding than it did in 2002. He said that over the past two years, all new programs at the Coeur d’ Alene college have been funded through grants or reallocation of existing funds.
Dunlap says NIC wants to help the state reach its goal of having more high school students go on to college, but he said that requires more staff in areas such as advising and retention.
Governor Butch Otter has recommended a budget increase of 1.5 percent for community colleges.
I’m Glenn Mosley reporting.
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Posted January 30, 2015