CKTC has been patient, reduced costs

February 17, 2004

Dear Editor:

This is a response to your Feb. 8 editorial concerning higher education budget cuts.

Characterizing higher education as "notoriously inefficient" and urging the governor not to "subsidize more inefficiency and waste," your editorial cited protests as illustrating an attitude that is "anything but patient." Suggesting cost control and better usage of our resources, the writer said colleges would have you believe raising tuition is our only option. The outcry comes not after a singular funding reduction, but after a long, patient silence sustained in the face of repeated cuts. I welcome the opportunity to share the patience and cost controls exercised by Central Kentucky Technical College (CKTC).

I believe we are good stewards of our resources - a belief reaffirmed as my staff continually rises to the challenges of doing more with less. Over the past three years, CKTC has absorbed cuts of about 9 percent to an already inadequate budget while enrollment soared (quadrupled at CKTC, Danville). We have reduced utility and operational costs; delayed filling positions and left others vacant; and cut instructional budgets. We are eliminating Saturday classes and limiting evening courses. Rather than purchase needed equipment, faculty and students built training equipment and shared equipment designed for one or two students among three or four. Danville and Anderson campuses are sharing staff rather than hiring all staff needed at each location. Now we must close programs (including Danville's Surgical Technology), limit enrollment, further reduce positions and hours of operation, dissolve community partnerships, and reduce other services.


No, raising tuition has never been our first or only option.

Do Governor Fletcher and the General Assembly face a difficult task? Absolutely! Can CKTC operate at its current level with more cuts? Absolutely not!

State funding does not subsidize inefficiency and waste at CKTC. Rather it supports an opportunity for career preparation or completion of an associate degree and continued study. It supports development and ongoing training of a skilled workforce. And in doing so, it supports our community and its economy. An educated, skilled, and employed citizenry benefits us all and must be a priority for Kentucky. I urge you to contact your legislators and support adequate funding for Kentucky's community and technical colleges.

Gail Vaughn

Danville campus director

Central Kentucky Technical College

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