In my last post I described healthy trends in our enrollment. As we prepare to graduate the largest class in the college’s history, itself a landmark accomplishment, I want to say a bit more about why these positive enrollment trends exist and why they are important. The caveat is that … Continue reading
As you may have heard me say in one venue or another, our fiscal outlook for FY’16 is positive. State funding is projected to be up by 3% in new performance-based funding. And since we met all five of our performance funding benchmarks (one of the few community colleges in … Continue reading
Well, we made it through another winter, this time with a single full snow day if my memory is correct. It is always a moment of celebration for me when those sticks that guide snow removal come down around campus. Yesterday was that day.
Looking ahead to a busy spring … Continue reading
The Board of Trustees of Sweet Briar College announced on March 3 that the small liberal arts college would be closing its doors for good in response to insurmountable financial pressures. Since the announcement much has been written and said about the impending death of the small liberal arts college. … Continue reading
The comments by me below are taken from a December 2014 presentation to the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education and the Missouri Department of Higher Education at a recent hearing on the future of higher education in Missouri.
CBHE Hearing Comments Summary
Missouri Department of Higher Education … Continue reading
We return to a new semester amid renewed attention to the value of higher education and of the community college experience particularly. President Obama’s recently announced proposal to make two years of community college free to all will surely be met with lively debate and discussion nationally and in the … Continue reading
At the close of another successful semester here at SCC, my best wishes for a warm and relaxing holiday season and an exciting 2015.
On Friday, October 24, SCC hosted a Naturalization Ceremony for 42 petitioners for U.S. Citizenship. One of the unique features of this event was the fact that it was entirely organized and hosted by the students … Continue reading
My third year anniversary here at SCC slipped by earlier this week without my noticing it. Thirty-six months, 156 weeks, 1,095 days. While this is no monumental accomplishment in and of itself, it is worth noting that time does indeed fly when one is having fun.
As I reflect on … Continue reading
As the father of five daughters there is something frightening about the prospect of all of those weddings. We had our first this past weekend. My eldest daughter Sara was married in a beautiful setting in rural Craftsbury, Vermont. What … Continue reading