America’s College Promise Plan

January 22, 2015


The Spring 2015 semester is off to a great start. Students are hustling and bustling at all of our BC3 campuses. We had a great Board of Trustees meeting on January 21 and President Obama highlighted community colleges in his State of the Union Address on January 20.

Since his speech, I have been asked for my thoughts on the President’s America’s College Promise Plan. Here is my recent statement to the Butler Eagle as President of BC3 and Board Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges:

“The President’s proposal for ‘America’s College Promise’ is encouraging and would likely expand access to community colleges to more students than ever before. The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, together with Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges, looks forward to working with our congressional delegation to make the proposal a reality.

We will soon have that opportunity. Many of us will be in Washington, D.C. from February 9 through February 12 at the American Association of Community Colleges and the Association of Community College Trustees National Legislative Summit.

It is refreshing to hear that community college are being considered as part of a solution to higher education. The Promise is an interesting way to begin a necessary conversation. The whole concept remind me a bit of the passage of the original G.I. Bill many years ago.”

Stay tuned…