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Community College Leaders Participate in Governor's Higher Education Summit

August 25, 2011

Community college presidents and chancellors from each of the state’s 12  community colleges participated in a higher education summit held Aug. 25 in Jefferson City, Mo. 

The summit focused on the development of a performance-based funding model for public colleges and universities. Attendees included each college’s chief executive officer, the chair of the college’s board of trustees, and the college’s top academic and finance officers, as well as representatives of the state’s public four-year universities.

The summit featured an address by Gov. Jay Nixon, presentations by the Linda Luebbering, Missouri’s budget director, on the 2013 state budget and implications for higher education funding; nationally recognized experts on performance funding; and Missouri Department of Higher Education staff.

Steve Kurtz, chair of the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) Presidents and Chancellors Council, spoke in favor of performance funding on behalf of MCCA.

“For more than a year, Missouri’s community colleges have been focused on creating a model for performance funding,” Kurtz said. “We understand that when entities receive state money, those entities must be ready to show a return on public investment. We think performance funding is a good step in that direction. We’re looking forward to working with our community college supporters in the legislature and the Governor’s office to help make the case for individual investment in public higher education.”

“With budgets as tight as they are in the current economic climate, taxpayers demand accountability from the institutions they support," said Myrtle E.B. Dorsey, Ph.D., St. Louis Community College chancellor. "St. Louis Community College continues to invest public as well as private dollars in innovative, state-of-the-art programs and partnerships that contribute to the economic advancement of our students as well as the region. We look forward to working with colleagues statewide and our elected officials to find more funding options for higher education.”

The Missouri Community College Association is a professional education organization through which Missouri’s community colleges collaborate to advance common agendas. MCCA provides advocacy, education, information and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators and trustees.