When I was first informed of this, the first thing that came to my mind was the following quote which was delivered by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his first inaugural address on March 4, 1933:
“The only thing that we have to fear is fear itself.”
What is fear? A state of dread or apprehension (Riverside Webster II Dictionary, Berkley Books, New York, Copyright 1996)
This is the definition which I feel best describes the current conditions at Glendale College.
We are still dealing with the $10 Million Accounting Debacle. This weighs heavily on everyone I speak with. I would just like to mention two names that we should all bear in mind: Compton College and City College of San Francisco. For those of you that don’t recall or are unfamiliar with this reference, both community colleges had problems with their accreditation due to financial irregularities. We could be next!
Other fears that have been expressed to me by people on campus:
Adjunct Job Losses are another key fear I hear about on campus. Adjuncts talk to me about their actual loss of classes and their fear of greater losses. They are worried about their financial wellbeing as a result of the loss of classes. They are worried about their retirements and about having to find a new career! This loss of classes is a direct result of low enrollment, which also creates anxiety across campus. I frequently get questions related to enrollment and how we can deal with this issue. Questions I am asked include: “What is the college doing to increase enrollment or at the minimum to stop or slow declining enrollment?” and “Does the college have a coherent marketing plan with quantifiable goals and results?”
My answer to them is, I do not know! If there is one, perhaps campus leadership should be out there promoting it! But it is clear that the way to address fears about adjunct job losses is to address the issue of enrollment.
On a much less bleak or fear-filled note, I have a few positive things to report.
We had three great campus equity week programs:
Have a great Halloween!
|Glendale College Guild