During this year as chair of the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) Presidents/Chancellors Council I will offer periodic updates on matters related to the MCCA. This first relates to MCCA’s legislative agenda for FY’17. At a meeting last week with trustees of the MCCA one aspect of that agenda was unveiled … Continue reading
Every year the Chronicle of Higher Education undertakes its Great Colleges to Work For survey. We have participated in the survey over the past several years and were selected as a Great College to Work For in 2014.
The survey measures employee responses in fifteen categories or characteristics of the … Continue reading
I rarely use this space to brag about my children, but this Father’s Day message from adult daughter Rachel is precious. I am compelled to share it not for what it says about me, but for what it says about the value of parenting – and about Rachel. Enjoy.
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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.