A commission says forming a new state government group to oversee Nebraska’s community colleges would help resolve an ongoing battle over state funding and other issues.
The recommendations were approved on by the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Post secondary Education and will be released to the state Legislature, which requested a report from the commission.
The legislature is also being encouraged by Auditor Mike Foley to step in and resolve the community college funding controversy. Foley tells us that he doesn’t know who will be the winner and who will be the looser if the legislature revisits the state aid formula.
The auditor’s report indicates Southeast Community College, with headquarters in Lincoln, got a bigger share of state aid under a new formula. Metro Community College in Omaha got a smaller share under the new formula The college has filed suit seeking a bigger share.
In the past year Metro was kicked out of the private Nebraska Community College Association for not paying dues.