April 16, 2018

PCC Looking to Cut $15M From Operational Budget

Chancellor Lee Lambert says falling enrollment triggered state regulations on expenditure limits.

Leaders at Pima Community College are devising ways to restructure and cut $15 million from the school's budget due to expenditure limits triggered by decreased enrollment. Chancellor Lee Lambert appeared on Arizona 360 to explain the options being considered, which include staff reductions.

The restructure comes after a successful year for the PCC men’s basketball team, which played in the NJCAA Division II championship game. Lambert said the team's success raised awareness about funding for the college's other athletic programs.

“We are underinvesting in athletics,” said Lambert. "If we want to maintain 16 programs that can compete at the level of our men's basketball program, we're going to need to make some additional investments."

Lambert said those investments can't come from the general fund at a time when the college is being forced to make budget cuts.

Arizona 360
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