Community colleges educate and prepare students for the workforce and provide the necessary foundation for students moving on to four-year campuses or universities. In addition to educating students where they live and work, community colleges significantly advance social mobility. They often collaborate with regional businesses and employers to develop and provide training to address specific local workforce needs.
Over the 10-year period from 2008-09 to 2018-19, SUNY community college students went from paying 40.8 percent of the operating costs to approximately 41.4 percent. While the state’s contribution for the same period decreased from 30.8 percent to 25 percent.
We see a similar trend for CUNY community colleges during the same time period, where the student share increased from 32.3 percent to 40.6 percent, while the state share decreased from 28.9 percent to 23.7 percent.
NYSUT conducted a higher education roundtable event at Corning Community College in March, 2020. NYSUT officers heard from professors and students about how valuable the college is to the community and how much it has helped students advance their careers and lives.
We need to hear your story about how your college or university is affected by the state's continued inadequate funding of higher education.
Tell us your story today.