Understanding Budget Cuts within Student Services in Community Colleges: A Critical Review of Practical Responses for Human Resource Leaders

Academic Article


  • Using a critical lens, this article discusses some of the most common recommendations for human resource and community college leaders on how to respond to budget cuts to student affairs and support services at community colleges. Student affairs and support services are often the first to experience budget cuts in higher education, yet little is known about the impact of—as well as responses to—declining budgets to such services in community colleges. As part of this critical analysis, we frame recommendations using resource-based perspectives to better understand institutional actions in the face of budget cuts, such as identifying sustainable alternative financial resources and increasing efficiency of existing financial and human resources through increased coordination with other community college units. We also discuss how these best practices can also lead to other challenges in times of financial crisis that institutional leaders should consider.
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    Author List

  • Tuliao MD; Ann Bodine Al-Sharif M; McNaughtan J; Garcia H
  • Start Page

  • 430
  • End Page

  • 451
  • Volume

  • 39
  • Issue

  • 4