(PRWEB) August 08, 2012
Dr. Walter Bumphus, President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, visited Salt Lake Community College to discuss AACC’s 21st-Century Commission Report on the Future of Community Colleges.
Members of the SLCC Board of Trustees, the Utah State Board of Regents, SLCC President Cynthia Bioteau, presidents of other Utah institutions of higher education, and the School of Applied Technology Board joined Dr. Bumphus, one of this country’s most influential leaders in higher education today, for his visit in the Student Center’s Oak Room on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus.
He had heard good things about the College before his visit. “Salt Lake Community College has earned the reputation as being one of the best community colleges in the country,” Dr. Bumphus said. “President Bioteau, in particular, is a wonderful for that institution. She is just the kind of leader that makes me optimistic that we will be successful in implementing the goals set by this project.”
People from across the College community were able to share their unique experiences and perspectives. This input is essential to the process, according to President Bioteau. “The input and vision of our College and its stakeholders will be vital as implementation strategies for the Commission Report are crafted at the national level.”
The report’s goal is to educate an additional 5 million students with degrees, certificates, or other credentials by 2020. Already completed, Phase 1 of the report was a listening tour that gathered responses from more than 1,300 stakeholders in 10 regions of the country—students, college faculty and staff, administrators, trustees, state policymakers, and college presidents and chancellors.
“We’re ecstatic about the report and the results are even better than we could have ever conceived going into putting the report together,” Dr. Bumphus said.
Dr. Bumphus’s visit is part of the project’s Phase 3, which will include an AACC implementation team to hear from more stakeholders from community colleges across the country to redesign students’ educational experiences, reinvent institutional roles, and to reset the educational system itself to meet the needs of students, their communities, and the nation.
“Our hope and expectation is that the blueprint provided by this report will serve all community colleges well,” Dr. Bumphus said. “All community colleges—including SLCC—will be able to better serve the needs of our nation.”
The full report of Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future is available at this web site.
About the College:
Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Educating and training more than 62,000 people each year, the College is the largest institution of higher education in Utah. The College has 13 sites, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake valley. Courses are offered during both traditional and accelerated semesters, during the daytime, evenings, and weekends. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 20 to 1.