Legislatively speaking …

The sun is shining and the weather forecast for the next several days looks great.  I don’t know about you but I am looking forward the end of snow and ice – please hurry spring!

Over the last few weeks, there has been much discussion about the budget proposed by Governor Nixon which includes a seven percent reduction in state aid to Missouri community colleges. To that end, I wanted to get the campus together to have a conversation about the reduction and how it affects this campus. We had a great turnout and I appreciated the thoughtful questions from all of you. I want to thank the Florissant Valley campus for their patience and understanding as we make some difficult decisions.

As we continue to focus on the implications of the budget to the college district, campus and district administrators continue to work on advancing the legislative agenda for the college. A few days ago, I attended the Missouri Community College Association reception for legislators. I was able to meet with our local delegation and not only thank them for their past support but answer questions about our directions for the future.

Next week, I’ll be in Washington D.C. at the 2011 National Legislative Summit for the Association of Community College Trustees.  The items on the national agenda mirror what we’ve pushed for locally, including preserving the current maximum Pell Grant levels; strengthening the role of community colleges in the Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization; and providing additional funding and monitoring of the reauthorized Higher Education Act.  

Although I’ll be gone, make sure to attend the rescheduled celebration event for African-American History Month. It takes place in the Student Center Multipurpose Room at noon Thursday, Feb. 17. If you can’t attend the event, you can still “be there” via live streaming. Click on www.ustream.tv/channel/stlcc-fv  and you will see everything as it happens during the celebration.

The Terry M. Fischer Theatre is presenting a production of “Doubt: A Parable” at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18. Click here for a theatre schedule.

Thanks to all of you who read this blog. This is just the third entry and we’re getting a lot of positive feedback. Please know that I do read each response and try to answer in a timely manner.  If you have a question, please click the ‘leave a comment’ prompt at the end of my blog entry. Thanks again, and I hope you have a great week!

For your interest:

“White House Officials Congratulate ATD”

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2 Responses to Legislatively speaking …

  1. Jeanne Florini says:

    Marcia, thanks for keeping us in the loop as much as possible on these budget concerns. As I discussed with you before, this campus seems to be suffering from “the Blues” and it makes the rumor mill even more hazardous. Hope you are successful in keeping the community college at the forefront of priorities for the state of Missouri.

  2. Mary Boyd says:

    There might be more money available now if the current administration hadn’t doubled the pell grant funding last year. But that’s history. On going, more pell grant funds would be saved and, therefore, still available for other students, if the appeal process was aliminated and student’s were required to maintain academic standards as they agree to do when they sign the Standards of Academic Progress form. Once a student who has failed to maintain standards and lost financial aid, comes back up to standards, aid could automatically be reinstated.

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