N.C. Auditor: End Tip-Offs For Community Colleges

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

North Carolina's top auditor said Tuesday that the country's third-largest community college system should stop tipping off campus administrators weeks before a record check is coming.

A report by state auditor Beth Wood's office found records at Durham Technical Community College were altered or forged, and missing forms created, ahead of a double-check into how many students were enrolled in 2010.

The head count determines how much funding for teaching that community colleges get. The Durham school got $17.4 million in instructional funds in the most recent budget year that ended this June.

State auditors blamed two former Durham Tech employees for fudging the records, but also said the 58-campus community college system's central office should quit giving campuses two-week notices of which courses will get headcounts.

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