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Dr. Dustin Swanger
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Dr. Dustin Swanger, President of Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, New York, has worked in higher education for over 20 years. Throughout his career he has developed programs to serve the local region, provided training for the workforce, and represented colleges on numerous community planning committees. Dr. Swanger earned his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University, his Master’s degree in Public Administration from State University of New York at Brockport, and his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from SUNY Fredonia.

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Student Debt and Higher Education

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 1:54 PM

There is no doubt that students are graduating with more debt for a college education than they did even a decade ago. However, student debt is not a new issue. Without student loans, I would not have been able to go to college. Loans carried me through my bachelor's, master's,...

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Summer on the FM Campus

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 5:08 PM

Working in education, I am often asked if I enjoy my summers off. For sure, activity on a college campus is slower during the summer months when compared to fall and spring; however, at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, there are many activities in which to engage.

First, of course, are...

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Working Toward the Future

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 3:32 PM

This year at FM's graduation, I was fortunate enough to address over 200 students who attended Commencement to celebrate their academic success. These students heard from me, our student speaker Casey Madsen, and Congressman Chris Gibson. Casey, Congressman Gibson, and I each spoke about the success of the students, the...

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The Real Future Economy

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 5:25 PM

We hear a lot about the "future economy" and the need to acquire post-secondary education and training in order to participate in this economy. Indeed, I have written about the need for people to attend colleges, particularly FM, in order to prepare for the "future economy." This is all true.

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The Common Core

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 2:18 PM

There is a lot of chatter about the Common Core. From community meetings with school officials, to the media, to elected officials, the Common Core is being bantered around the airwaves and hallways. I'm certainly no expert on the Common Core but I, too, have my opinions.

The Common Core...

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The Completion Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 11:46 AM

As I write this article I am at the American Association of Community Colleges conference. A significant topic at the conference is the "completion agenda." This agenda was announced by President Obama during his first administration; it challenged community colleges to double their graduation rates by 2020. Since that announcement,...

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Teaching Civility

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 7:36 AM

As we race into the holiday season this year, I reflect on two seemingly divergent messages we send: the season of "Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Men," juxtaposed with shoppers' behavior on Black Friday, or worse, Brown Thursday (formerly known as Thanksgiving).

We talk a lot, particularly at this...

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Balancing Connectedness With Presence

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 5:22 PM

We are a society that has become accustomed to being connected to each other through our email, Twitter, Snapchat, smartphones, iPads, Facebook, etc. Some would argue that we've become so dependent on the technology that we've lost much of our ability for face-to-face communication. This need to be connected is...

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Going Beyond the Headline

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 3:14 PM

We are a nation of headlines and sound bites. By that I mean that today, more than ever, Americans make decisions, form attitudes, and reach conclusions based on a newspaper headline, a TV sound bite, or a short statement rife with political spin.

To illustrate this point, Jimmy Kimmel...

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Imagine a Community Without FM

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 10:27 AM

As we welcome the incoming class this fall, we recognize that it is Fulton-Montgomery Community College's 50th incoming class. That's right: FM is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. For five decades, FM has been a part of the fabric of the Fulton and Montgomery County Region.

As the...

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Community Colleges in the Spotlight

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 8:02 AM

For the last four years, community colleges have been in the national spotlight more than ever before in the history of higher education. With the re-election of the President, all politics aside, we expect that attention to continue. Being in the spotlight is a double-edged sword. There is the recognition...

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The Future of Higher Education

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 1:14 PM

As the President of Fulton-Montgomery Community College it is my job to continually think about the future. What will FM look like ten years from now? How will we need to adapt to our students? What programs will we need? What won't we do? I, in conjunction with the Board...

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