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PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Board of Trustees today approved a $104.9 million budget that addresses a projected budget shortfall through a combination of cuts to expenses and a modest tuition increase.
The college’s 2011–2012 operating budget is nearly $1 million less than the current year’s budget. Reductions came through cuts to operating expenses and a continued hiring freeze on most non-union administrative positions funded through the regular operating budget.
The college will use $1 million from its limited reserves to offset what would have been deeper cuts in programs and services to students. “These measures are a result of the proposed cuts that CCAC and all of higher education in the Commonwealth are facing in the state budget,” said CCAC board chair William Robinson.
Trustees approved a $2 increase in tuition, bringing the rate for Allegheny County residents to $87.25 per credit. The technology fee will rise $1, from $8 to $9 per credit. In addition, a new student services fee of $1 per credit will help to ensure that students have supplemental support to complete their education.
“Despite the proposed reductions in the governor’s budget, we will do everything we can to continue to provide quality academic programs that are so vital to individuals in our community and region. We are asking students and their families to make an additional modest investment in this effort,” said State Sen. Jay Costa, board treasurer.
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.