May 13, 2011

CLC budget shortfall

By Jennifer Stockinger, Brainerd Daily Dispatch
Central Lakes College is projecting a $2.1 million budget shortfall in the 2012 academic year and the administration may cut two programs, reduce 10 full-time equivalent positions and raise tuition by 3 percent. CLC president Larry Lundblad said in an interview Thursday the $2.1 million in reductions or a 12 percent decrease of state appropriation, is a “worst case scenario.” Lundblad said college administrators were waiting for the Senate and the House to pass the higher education bill to determine what the college will receive in state appropriations. Late Thursday, the Higher Education Finance Committee completed its work to cut $411.1 million in funding from the forecast base, a reduction of 14.3 percent at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, which includes CLC. Under the bill, MnSCU cannot raise tuition by more than 3 percent per year at the two-year colleges. CLC already had projected a 3 percent increase in fiscal year 2012. Tuition at CLC currently is at $147.09 per credit and with the 3 percent jump, it will increase to $151.50. The increase in tuition will bring in about $318,000 in 2012.
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