LCC….seems like they are floundering

Thanks to one of our Kirtland lobbyists for the following information provided to everyone by Lakeland Community College’s Dean of Arts and sciences.  We have selected the more pertinent information from the email to his education staff, and deleted the parts about how well his garden is doing this year.

 Enrollments: As of Monday, June 10th:

o   Summer 2019: Total credits are down 13.5% from this time last year.  Student drops are up 29.3%.  How can you help?  A small portion of these drops were from cancelled classes.  Any impact you can have with students in your classes will greatly help improve this number.  This 29.3% (being up from the number last year) represents students who have dropped a class up until the end of the 1st week of the term.

o   Fall 2019: Preliminary numbers are looking good.  We’re up now in paid credits by 5.2% and have seen total credits fluctuate between +5% and -5%.  In both summer and fall, CCP enrollment numbers continue to grow (15.2% in summer and 8.3% for the fall).  [LFC Commnent: Note they are really pushing the free college to high school students, which is paid by the local public school district.]

Board of Trustees: A few highlights from our June Board of Trustees meeting:

o   Student housing has been pushed back a year due to quotes being higher than desired.  We’re now working with other companies and are planning 4 floors instead of five due to sprinkler costs needed for the 5th floor and doing more 4-bed 2-bath suites instead of a mix of singles, doubles, and 4-bed rooms.  [LFC Comment: You just cannot make this stuff up…..skirt the ORC, put in dorms for a commuter college….wait a minute I thought that these dorms were not going to cost the school anything?…well at least they HAVE a budget unlike the Lake County Port Authority and their “Better Flip” project]

o   Approved resolution to redo parking lots and drive near the E-building.

o   Approved resolution to adjust tuition rates beginning in the fall 2019. [LFC Comment:  Okay, raise your hand if you think they will be reducing the tuition rates, and, at the same time, reducing their spending by dumping some highly paid administrators……just as we thought, we do not see many hands in the air…..]

o   Approved resolution to expand the College’s Welding Lab.  Starting soon, we’ll start seeing construction near the E-building.

o   Approved resolution to amend the Board Policy Manual to include the Technology Accessibility Policy.

Categories: Lake, Lakeland Community College, Uncategorized


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