Matt (who I still think of as Dean Dad – do you?) argues that federal money for community colleges should be allocated with an eye towards long-term financial sustainability. He asks that we think not only in terms of immediate needs (which are many) but long-term resilience.
As Matt points out, demographic headwinds and state-level disinvestment, and rising costs will still be present long after any stimulus funding is spent. The challenges that all of higher ed face – challenges magnified within the community college sector – are more structural than cyclical.