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2019 State Legislative Priorities Alamo Colleges District

Funding

Invest in Texas Community Colleges

The Alamo Colleges District seeks an 8%, or $144 million overall increase in state formula funding for the 2020-2021 biennium. We seek to Increase Success Points from the current $173 to $215 per point in the formula.

The Alamo Colleges District opposes any limit to the ability to use property taxes or to cap taxes.

State funding to the district has decreased from 33% in 2009 to 24% today.

Dual Credit

Broadening Access & Sustaining Quality

Alamo Colleges recommends a weighted state funding stream for low-income students.

This gives community colleges more flexibility in charging some tuition, while still serving the population that most needs early access to free or affordable college.

Alamo Colleges served 12,566 dual credit students in 2018.

Our dual credit students are more successful than first-time-in-college students when they transfer to a university.

Alamo Colleges District waived over $21.5 million in tuition for dual credit in 2017.

Our dual credit enrollment has increased 44% in the last five years.

Workforce Education

Our Critical Role

The Alamo Colleges District recommends increased state investments in community college funding to help broaden the reach of career and technical education and workforce continuing education programs.

Sustained State funding for Skills Development Fund & The Jobs and Education for Texans Grant.

Transfer

Making Every Course Count

By law, Texas public universities must accept core courses designated by community colleges. This is not happening. Alamo Colleges District respectfully requests clearly articulated and enforced action on the law’s intent related to transfer toward degree programs.

The Alamo Colleges District also requests updates to the language related to transferability for clarity.

$60 million in tuition is wasted in Texas every year on classes that don’t count toward a degree program.

$120 million is spent by taxpayers and students on excessive credits each year.

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