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TC3 President Delivers Annual "State of the College" Message

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
In his annual "State of the College" message, Tompkins Cortland Community College president Dr. Carl Haynes told the Legislature the College is strong and has accomplished much in the past year. But while enrollment is growing (up by more than 14% as of the fall) and will continue to grow, he cautioned that the College will face the ongoing challenge of supporting more people with fewer resources. With the Governor's executive budget for the next fiscal year proposing a more than 15% cut in support, President Haynes predicted the proposed $1.6 million reduction "will be much more than local taxpayers and students will be able to offset." With uncertainty about the pace of the economic recovery, the College, he said, will need to respond to short-term challenges, while also focusing on the long term.

Among recent achievements: the Middle States Commission recognized TC3's institutional assessment program as one of the best in New York State; the "CollegeNow" concurrent enrollment program for high school students earned accreditation (one of only 44 colleges nationwide); the College advanced to the design stage for a new Cortland County extension Center, opened a new, centralized learning and technology center, expanded its cross-disciplinary "learning community" courses, and completed two small capital projects to add classrooms and renovate its cafeteria, both at or under budget. While student retention has increased, so has the demand for financial aid.

The College, Haynes said, continues to work hard to gain insight on how to meet its challenges by data-driven decision making--'learning from data and developing strategies from it. He reminded Legislators that a recent socio-economic modeling study showed that TC3 contributes $155 million per year to the region's economy, supporting economic vitality and improving the area's quality of life.