Community colleges are lagging behind other institutions in higher education's economic recovery.

Community colleges are lagging behind other institutions in higher education's economic recovery.

Campus technology chiefs are still seeing their department’s budget trimmed, but in far smaller numbers than in 2009, as a nationwide survey suggests that higher education is slowly beginning to recover from the national economic downturn that has downsized IT staff and shelved programs in recent years.

About four in 10 campus technology officials reported budget cuts this fall, down from 50 percent in 2009, according to the 2010 Campus Computing Survey, published by the Campus Computing Project, an organization that examines technology’s role in colleges and universities.

The news is even better for private, nonprofit colleges and universities, where only 24 percent of campus technology officials saw their budgets slashed this year, compared with 56 percent in 2009.

Private four-year schools that reported IT budget decreases dropped from 41 percent in 2009 to 31 percent this year, according to the web-based survey, which included 523 respondents.

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