Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Faced with enrollment and budget woes, Glendive college seeks solutions - Matt Hoffman, Billings Gazette

Dawson Community College has troubles. Just about everyone agrees on that. The small school on a small hill in Glendive has only half the students it had a decade ago, and its budget this year has a gaping hole in it. And every effort to fix those problems has sparked bitter debate on campus and in town. Already, six tenured instructors — about a third of the faculty on campus — are having their positions cut by the school’s interim President Vince Nix and the board of trustees. Officials are shifting the school’s focus to expanding career and technical education, or CTE, which faculty worry could shortchange students planning to transfer to a four-year university. Nix worries that in a town known for dinosaur skeletons, Dawson could become a fossil. Without drastic measures, he said the school could “chug along” for about three more years before facing closure.

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