Some (well, I) have carped about the lack, this semester, of a Chancellor’s Opening Session, an innovation for which, no doubt, there are very good reasons. I suspect that this “Chancellor’s Perspective” (or “ChancePers,” as I shall call it) in some ways replaces the old opening session—a much-anticipated spectacle that once provided festive fun, fraud, and foolishness, such as Raghu Mathur’s Carnac, his brother-in-law’s Elvis/Neil Diamond impersonation, and, of course, the Las Vegas Nude Review and Spiritual Puppet Show, sponsored by the Pacific Research Institute.
Evidently, Gary will have none of it. Here, he straight-forwardly lays out the state budget facts and their implications for community colleges. In this ChancePers, he notes that our particular district is spared some of the budget’s more lurid horrors owing to our “basic aid” funding, but the situation could get more serious, even for us. Gary urges us all “to attend the upcoming budget workshops on Jan. 19 (IVC) and Jan. 20 (SC) where Vice Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons, the college fiscal directors and other members of DRAC will discuss the state budget in more detail.” Sounds like a good idea. Fitzsimons strikes me as pretty sharp. Don’t know about the rest of ‘em.
|Say what you like about the man, but former Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur sure does put on a hell of a show.|
Gary ends by noting the recent reveal of the Statewide Student Success Task Force’s “final report.” Their recommendations are summed up (says Gary) by State Chance Jack Scott as follows:
Looks like we’ll be clearing out some deadwood.
Exciting times ahead. Let's hope we and our State survive 'em.