The shortfall in the Texas state budget is causing agencies, school districts, and junior colleges, and state
colleges to reduce spending. Collin College is no exception and one of the programs that have been placed
on sabbatical is the college’s Teacher Certification Program.
The program will be closed to new students beginning in the fall 2011 semester and will last through the
next three years, said Cary Israel, President of Collin College. Students who are currently enrolled in the
program will be able to complete their coursework and receive their teaching certificates, Israel said.
“The state took all funding away for the program,” Isreal said. “We’re not allowing any new entrance to the program and allowing current students to fulfill their obligations. We started the sabbatical because there was a critical shortage of teachers and there are few jobs out there,” Israel said. “A lot of school districts also do not have enough people to supervise the interns who receive internships while enrolled in the teacher certification
program,” Israel added.
Other programs, such as the college’s award winning nursing program that was named as Texas’ first and
only Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League, will not be subject to any cuts due
to the statewide budget shortfall.
Due to the last state legislative session Collin College is now projected to have $5,332,702 million cut from
its annual budget for the next few years. Israel was also notified on Aug. 3 that the Texas Comptroller’s
Office will be withholding $421,000 payments to the college this year due to the state budget shortfall, he
Collin College’s tax rate will also not increase and the college is able to keep many programs and staff
members due to the conservative measures of the Collin College Board of Trustees, Israel said. “We have
the lowest tuition for a college in the state of Texas.
Collin College also eliminated two vice president positions and consolidating jobs, Israel said. Collin
College is also not giving its employees raises this year, Israel said. If it did, then staff members would have
to be laid off in order to receive raises.
Though some programs will be affected by the decrease in state funding to the college, one thing that will
not change is in-county tuition fees. Collin College will continue to keep in-county tuition frozen. The
college has kept in-county tuition frozen for the last six years.