The financial Cost of Success

ACC found itself pinched between rising expectations and the realities of what each school could afford. Like all of Texas’ public community colleges, ACC’s funding came from three sources: (1) local tax revenue, (2) student tuition and fees, and (3) state and federal government financial grants. The idea was that individual community-college districts would carry the heaviest share of the financial load, but by the 1990s, keeping up with technical advances was a tremendous challenge for ACC. In allied health sciences for instance, including but in no way limited to radiologic technology and specially equipped lead-encased classrooms were tremendously expensive, reaching tens of thousands of dollars.

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