Since January, budget concerns throughout the Maricopa County Community College District have weighed like a great basket of overripe fruit over employees’ heads.
Hiring? Firing? Cutting programs? Raising tuition? Equipment and software updates? What could be done? Must be done? Would be done without? Uncertainty soured into fear overhead as the foundations of the economy threatened to buckle. With it, support for education from the state has stood in jeopardy.
How would the community college find its way?
One thing is sure, fear is not an answer. Holding the course, keeping our aim on the mission of education and pressing forward together has emerged as the prevailing attitude on campus by semester’s end. That is an approach to the “how” of education that will not change with budgets.