Better Policy is the Solution
The LCTCS: A FOCUS ON POLICY
The Louisiana Community and Technical College System was formed in 1999 as a result of a public policy decision designed to expand access to higher education and build the workforce needed by business and industry. Ten years later, enrollment in community and technical colleges has tripled from 22,000 to 75,000 (FTE - Full-time enrollment). As a result, more Louisianans than ever before are participating in higher education and thereby enriching the futures of families and communities for years to come.
Community and technical college leaders have continued to focus on higher education policy as the key to ensuring that this vital sector of is able to fulfill its mission. Through policy research and development and a consistent program of public education and engagement, LCTCS leaders have impacted the passage of new laws and policies that are already improving some of Louisiana's biggest problems.
POLICY: An On-Going Priority
Because of this focus on policy, both legislators and the public have a better understanding of the role of community and technical colleges in the economic vitality of the state. In addition, critical policy matters continue to be scrutinized for the best solutions on a wide range of issues including:
- FUNDING FORMULA
- ENROLLMENT MIX BETWEEN 2 AND 4-YEAR INSTITUTIONS
- APPROACHES TO NEED AND MERIT-BASED FINANCIAL AID
- ACCOUNTABILTY AND AUTONOMY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
POLICY: A Public/Private Partnership
The policy and public awareness work of community and technical colleges is funded almost entirely by the LCTCS Foundation. Begun with a grant from the Ford Foundation in 2006, this work now continues with funds raised through private donations from citizens, corporations, and other private foundations who understand the importance of good public policy and who care deeply about the future of Louisiana.