Hundreds of positions at Connecticut’s 12 community colleges will be shed, more administrative functions will be handled at a central office and millions will be saved without impacting students’ education.
That’s the plan at least.
But that plan – dubbed “Students First” by its architect, Board of Regents President Mark Ojakian – has plenty of both believers and nonbelievers.
Much of the pushback comes from those who work for the colleges and don’t believe the benefits promised can be realized without harming education at the community colleges, which serve over two-thirds of the minority students in undergraduate programs in Connecticut. Business groups, however, are backing the shakeup and are confident it will not disrupt the pipeline of graduates businesses rely on.