Advocacy and Funding Articles

Funding Roundup

Editor’s Note: This article, written by Tabitha Whissemore, originally appeared at Community College Daily. The Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation has awarded $1.5 million in grants to 31 colleges in Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin through its Dash Emergency Grant program. Dash grants help at-risk students by quickly providing small emergency grants to help them continue […]

Annual Fundraiser Supports Students and Raises Awareness

Each August, as many as 1,200 people descend on the campus of Columbus State Community College (CSCC), in Columbus, Ohio, to sample gourmet food, sip local beer and listen to live music. For $100 each, guests can stroll and taste food prepared by more than 50 local restaurants, chefs and other culinary experts. This year’s […]

California Community College Gets Creative With Fundraising

Orange Coast College (OCC) in Costa Mesa, California, has a few innovative programs that bring in up to $5 million per year in ancillary funding for the 23,000-student community college. The swap meet For several years, the OCC Foundation has run a weekend swap meet out of one of the school’s largest parking lots, says […]

Funding to Support Low-Income, First-Gen Students

With a $220,000 grant from the Department of Education, Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) is launching a host of services this fall to help low-income, first-generation and disabled students succeed. The ultimate goal is to guide 150 of these students through the college experience toward graduating from EMCC or transferring to a four-year institution, says […]

Put Some Kick in Your Special Events

This article originally appeared in the Community College Daily and is part of a bimonthly series provided by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges.​ Special events are a large part of what community colleges do. This often means competing for coverage and for donors. […]

Momentum for FAFSA Simplification Builds

A report from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has sparked new discussion about simplifying the process of applying for federal student aid — a move that could eliminate redundancies in college financial-aid offices and encourage as many as 2 million more students per year to attend college. “Today’s process is complex, redundant and does […]

How Transfers Affect Funding — and What Colleges Can Do About It

More than one-third of the nearly 3.6 million students who entered college in the fall of 2008 transferred to a different school at least once by the summer of 2014, according to a report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The report, Transfer & Mobility: A National View of Student Movement in Postsecondary Institutions, […]

Moving America’s College Promise Ahead

Earlier this month, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) introduced legislation that advances President Barack Obama’s goal of making community college available free of charge to all eligible students. How can community colleges support this bill, and what are its chances of being enacted? Martha Parham, vice president of marketing and public […]

Taking a Page From K–12 School Funding

“How Higher Education Funding Shortchanges Community Colleges,” a report released in May by The Century Foundation, says the greatest amount of money in higher education goes to the most affluent students and shortchanges community college students who, for the most part, come from low-income and working-class backgrounds. One of the report’s most discussed figures shows […]

State Budgets Hit Community College Funding

Texas lawmakers have approved a budget that reduces funding for community colleges by 1.4 percent, leaving the state’s schools to make do with nearly $25 million less for the next two years. Steven Johnson, vice president of public affairs for the Texas Association of Community Colleges, says the state’s budget is disappointing — but it […]