Monday, November 1, 2010

Doom and gloom

The final presentation is from Jean Floten, president of Bellevue College. This is the doom and gloom presentation that is graphically explaining the new normal:

  • dramatically reduced funding
  • what funding there is is earmarked so colleges have less flexibility in meeting locally identified 
  • no new buildings anywhere for 10 - 15 years
  • foundations setting priorities and driving agendas through funding
  • concern about freezing out poor people from higher education
  • Universities took big hits in the last round and they may be arguing that it is the community college's turn
  • new legislature will make it harder to meet CC priorities
  • transfer agreements with UW may result in a reduction of the students being able to transfer in.
She recommended that, even in these grim times, we look to the future and engage in systems thinking.


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