The Importance of Community Colleges in Texas 🎒
Come One, Come All: Community colleges play a critical role in our state’s economy by developing our workforce and preparing students for further academic study.
- There are 50 community college districts serving Texas.
The Way Forward: Community colleges are uniquely positioned to meet the state’s growing demands for skilled labor through quick and affordable pathways to earn credentials and ultimately self-sustaining wages.
- By 2030, 62% of all Texas jobs will require some sort of postsecondary credential.
- Currently, only 23% of Texas students earn a postsecondary degree within six years of graduation.
Money Talks:Over the past 40 years, the state’s share of funding for community colleges has declined from 68% to 26%,with the balance paid for by higher tuition and property taxes.
- State leaders can improve student outcomes and ease financial burdens on taxpayers by investing in community colleges.
The Price Is Right: Still, community colleges are much more affordable than other higher education options.
- In the 2017-18 school year, Texas’ two-year institutions of higher education had the nation’s fourth-lowest tuition and fees, according to the Texas Comptroller.
Change Is Coming: The Texas Commission on Community College Finance recently offered recommendations to strengthen our higher education system.
- Texas 2036 firmly supports the recommendations, which will help support business needs to grow our state’s economy.
Next Up: The Commission will vote to approve the recommendations in October followed by final action during the 88th Texas Legislative Session.
Extra Credit Reading: Learn more about the Texas Commission on Community College Finance recommendations in these articles featuring Texas 2036 Policy Advisor Renzo Soto.
- “Texas could tie community college funding to student outcomes” –Texas Tribune
- “Texas needs to revamp community colleges. Here’s what may be needed” –Dallas Morning News
- “Texas aims to tie community college funding to student outcomes, increase need-based financial aid” –Community Impact
- “Draft recommendations make ‘major’ changes in college funding formulas” –Odessa American