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Sen. Roy Blunt receives national honor for support of community colleges

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt received the National Education Service Award from the Association of Community College Trustees at the association’s annual legislative summit in Washington, D.C. this week. In his time as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing education, Blunt led the effort to reinstate the Year-Round Pell Grant, an effort that would aid thousands of community college students in Missouri. The Senate’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education funding bill included a provision to reinstate year-round ... Read more

Mission review and workforce development bills advance

This week in the Capitol, legislation moved forward that would mean some significant changes for workforce development and community colleges. The legislation regarding mission review that we discussed in last week’s Advocacy Brief was voted out of committee, and now awaits floor debate in both Chambers. If passed, the bills would create a new process in which colleges and universities could appeal to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education for the right to offer programs that are outside their current state-mandated missions. Learn ... Read more

Mission review bills advance in both Chambers

This week in the Capitol, the big news for community colleges surrounded two bills that would potentially allow our institutions to offer bachelor’s degrees in some cases. MCCA testified in favor of House Bill 758 and identical Senate Bill 328 before the House Committee on Higher Education and the Senate Education Committee. If passed, they would create a new process in which colleges and universities could appeal to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education for the right to offer programs that are ... Read more

Budget discussion kicks off in the House

Budget discussions got off to a rocky start for Missouri's colleges this week. Following Governor Greitens' proposal to cut $90 million from colleges and universities, the budget was sent to the House. Some legislators commented that the institutions can “easily” absorb these cuts because they are “inefficient” and have other streams of revenue, such as tuition and local property taxes.  Of course, we know that is not the case, but it is evidence of a challenging environment. There’s still a long way to ... Read more

Advocacy Brief – February 3, 2017

Governor announces budget priorities, proposes cuts to higher education This week, Governor Eric Greitens announced his priorities for the FY 2018 budget, which included some significant cuts to higher education. Colleges and universities took the biggest hit with a $90 million cut.  Out of that, community colleges alone received a $14.7 million reduction. Governor Greitens in his press conference on Thursday pointed to slow revenue and the increased cost of health care as reasons for cuts. “As any family knows, when you spend more ... Read more

FY 2018 Appropriations Testimony

The following testimony was presented this week to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees by East Central College President Dr. Jon Bauer. Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to visit with you today. My name is Jon Bauer, and I am president of East Central College in Union and chairman of the Missouri Community College Association. MCCA represents all 12 of Missouri’s community colleges, and I am here today on their behalf.  Before I get into my comments, I ... Read more

Free resources for you to use in the classroom

Between tight budgets and time poverty—you can’t afford to reinvent the wheel, and the good news is that you don’t have to. There are thousands of free or low-cost resources out there that you can use in your classroom. They’re called open educational resources, or OER for short. And, if you know where to look, you can find everything from syllabi, to textbooks, to assignments, simulations and games. There’s so much available, that finding what you’re looking for can be a challenge, so ... Read more

New technology for us means better connections for you

MCCA is getting an upgrade! With new technology from a company called MemberClicks, we are giving everything a face lift—our website, our newsletters—even committee communications are going to benefit from this new tool. We chose it because it’s designed for associations like us. It’s simple and intuitive, making your life and our lives a lot easier. Here are a few of the features that we think you’re really going to love: Find peers in the new online membership directory You’ll be able to find and ... Read more

Legislative session takes off

So far this session, the climate in the Capitol has been very different than in years past. The main contributing factors are that Republicans control both the Executive and Legislative branches, we have a new Governor in office and a significant number of new members of the legislature. The result is change, which can be seen in everything from new capitol security measures, to the way the budget process is playing out, to how swiftly Republican priorities like Right to Work are ... Read more

Governor announces withholds from higher education to balance budget

Last week, Governor Eric Greitens announced withholds to the current year’s budget totaling $146.4 million, with more than half of those spending restrictions coming out of higher education. The action was in response to the $39 million deficit that Gov. Greitens inherited from the previous administration. With six months still to go in the fiscal year, it was projected that by the end of FY 2017, the deficit would grow to an estimated $456 million. When the final cuts were announced, they included ... Read more
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