Skip to main content

Good new, bad news for college in 2011

January 7, 2011

A new wing to the P.W. Malone Science Building is just one of many construction projects undertaken at Howard College in the past few years. College officials are hopeful all major renovation projects will be completed by late September. (HERALD photo/Steve Reagan)

There is definitely anticipation in the air at Howard College this year.


Trepidation, too.


As Howard heads toward a notable anniversary, officials say there's much to celebrate in 2011, but there's a few things to worry about, as well.


Chief among the worries facing Howard is the “state of the state” — how the economic downturn will effect the amount of state financial aid the college receives.


The college is already coping with a 7½ percent decrease in state aid within the past 12 months, and may face further cuts in the immediate future, said Dr. Cheryl Sparks, HC president.


“We've been told … it's likely we'll see an additional 10 percent cut (in state money) as part of this year's legislative process,” Sparks said. “But nothing's been settled, yet. It could get better, it could get worse. But we're going in knowing it's going to be a challenge.”


Cutting an additional 10 percent from the budget could end up costing the college a total of $2 million. Sparks didn't say how Howard would deal with the loss of that much revenue, but noted officials were working on contingencies.

For more information, you may subscribe to the Big Spring Herald or purchase an e-edition.

Thursday Night Football 12/4/14 Dallas (9-4) 41 Chicago (5-8) 28 Dallas used the 3rd quarter to put...
The Big Spring High School Lady Steers used a staggering 26-6 run in the final eight minutes of...
The Lake View High School Chiefs are certainly happy it is the giving season. The Big Spring steers...
Come See Us At Our New Location! 1001 E. FM 700, Suite C (432)714-4555

 

Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes