Brown Bag with Brian

Los Rios Community College Chancellor Brian King spoke to assembled employees and students for one hour on Monday, December 8, in the SCC Student Center. Topics ranged from facilities improvements and the need for more counselors to the new SCC smoking regulations and the possible opportunity to offer four-year degrees.
Here are some remarks by Chancellor King:
On facility improvements – “All four colleges in our district have projects they’d like to do, but there is no state bond issue at this time and maybe not in the next two years, so we will watch carefully.”
“We have more needs than financing, and so we would consider going back to the voters on another bond measure if the state does not address the issue on a broader scale.”
On offering baccalaureate degrees – “As of now there is no additional funding to do this, so it is a zero-sum game. If we offered some upper division courses, we would have to cut some lower division courses.”
“We also do not have the space to offer extra classes. It’s an interesting conversation, and an issue we will be watching very closely.”
On enrollment – “We have remained flat last year and this year, and are well below the high we had before the recession. It is important to grow enrollment somewhat, but always difficult to figure out why the pendulum sways pretty good back and forth.”
“We are seeing a little drop from students right out of high school, even though it is tough to get into the CSUs and UCs. We need to build stronger relationships with high school students. We need to do a better job of working with K-12s explaining to high school students how difficult it is to succeed at the community college level.”
On Adult Education – “two years ago Governor Brown decided he wanted to shift Adult Ed to the community colleges without much input from the K-12s or Community Colleges.”
“We are leading a consortium in the Sacramento area on this issue, concerning how much money will be given to Adult Ed, because it has been cut in half, and what the expectations will be. Right now, we have more questions than answers.”
On the need for more counselors – “The demand for counseling is huge, but we have to come up with creative ways to meet that need. I do not see a huge increase in money for counseling in the near future, so the challenge is how we can meet the needs better and differently. We have to work together to improve processes.”
On the new smoking standard at SCC – “Any decision we make on this always must focus on what is best for our students and faculty, knowing these aren’t easy decisions.”