It seems to me that colleges should foster a culture that allows discussions of topics that make us uncomfortable. We should hear viewpoints from those who don't share our history, our values, our religion, our race, etc.
It is clearly not my place to endorse or speak against any political candidate in my official capacity as the president of a public community college. Therefore, I will attempt to explore this topic without tipping my hand regarding Mr. Trump (but I doubt I will be able to accomplish that task).
No -- more guns is NOT the answer. I, like every president of a college, lose sleep over the potential that someone may come to my campus with a purpose of killing a specific individual or a group of people. I take my responsibility to protect the students, faculty and staff seriously.
There are a myriad of factors that influence whether a student is successful in college. We all need to explore new methods of delivery. We all need to increase the support services that help students succeed, all of which increases our costs.
Innovation is a word that is thrown around a lot. We live in an innovation economy. The company is very innovative. Innovation is the key to our future. But we're not always a society that supports innovation.
One key to moving our society forward is having our citizens understand the issues and make informed decisions about our leaders. While a college education may not be the only way to prepare for such an endeavor, it sure helps.
Since financial aid is based on income, it seems to me that providing a free community college education to everyone is more likely to support those who could afford the tuition at community colleges rather than those who cannot.
I believe in accountability. We are stewards of the public trust. I also believe that government has a right to know what we're doing with the public funds. But too many masters can do more harm than good.
When you think of your first day of college, you think back about the anticipation of meeting new people, the confusion of a new environment, the anxiety of the amount of work to do and perhaps the excitement of preparing for your future.
Student debt has been a hot topic of discussion in Washington, Albany, and all around the country. Graduates are losing lifetime wealth due to college debt. Although this may be true, it may not be the entire issue.
There are a LOT of great teachers and administrators who really care about the education of our children. I believe that if we asked those teachers how to improve education, we would get very good answers
We all should take time to talk about civility with our students, our children, our colleagues, and our citizens. I have always believed that if you are clear about your expectations most people will meet them.
As we welcome the incoming class this fall, we recognize that it is Fulton-Montgomery Community College's 50th incoming class. For five decades, FM has been a part of the fabric of the Fulton and Montgomery County Region.
Students all across the country are electing to take their first two years of college education at community colleges and transfer the credits to an upper-level institution, saving tens-of-thousands of dollars.