Sinclair Community College-benefits for which community?

I’ve been critical of the expansion of Sinclair Community College into Warren County. It’s bad enough that we’ve been losing population and business to them- but now they are getting the fruits of our tax support of a Montgomery County institution with zero tax burden.

Sure, they will pay more in tuition, but it’s marginally more. The college administration will say that none of your tax dollars are being spent- yet, they are wasting their valuable time (Dr. Johnson makes $274K a year- the highest paid government employee in Montgomery County) on something we didn’t agree to.

Now, in the midst of an economic pounding- right after we almost unanimously approved another levy- and when they’ve just instituted a 3.5% tuition hike- they want to hike tuition and fees even higher:

Johnson said Thursday he would ask the board Saturday to “move forward on the request for a special fee exception (from the state) to allow us to readjust our tuition and fees.”

“It’s my goal to remain the lowest in the state of Ohio, but I would like to get right up to the second lowest — whatever would close that gap or at least narrow that gap,” Johnson said.

Sinclair’s $2,050 annual tuition for full-time Montgomery County students is the lowest in Ohio. Lorain’s annual tuition is $2,400. The $350 difference represents a 17 percent gap.

Both colleges are supported by county levies.

Sinclair spokeswoman Natasha Baker said any increase would not be done all at once.

Sinclair’s board in September approved a 3.5 percent tuition increase that started this month with the winter quarter. The college had kept tuition frozen for 12 of the last 19 years.

via Sinclair president urges tuition, fee hike; board won’t act on it today.

I believe- and have written it here many times, that Sinclair Community College with its unbelievably low tuition is one of the best reasons to live here- and to move your business here. Now, Dr. Johnson wants to take away our competitive advantage by raising rates to parity with Lorain Community College. The difference: Sinclair is the only debt-free institution of higher ed in the State- and has $100 mill in the bank. That’s your money at work.

Just because he’s gone on an expansion binge, doesn’t give him a right to take it out of the students’ wallets. We paid for the privilege of having an amenity- now, Dr. Johnson has to learn to live within our budget.

If he wants to keep raising tuition and growing his empire- maybe he needs to go somewhere else- or do it with his own money. The taxpayers of Montgomery County deserve better.

Greg and I have another spirited discussion (at least the best I could do with his interruptions) about this topic. Greg asserts that Sinclair isn’t delivering at all, I disagree. One thing we agree on, is that certain developers have done well with these out of county expansions of community colleges. What are your thoughts?

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5 Responses

  1. jstults February 2, 2010 / 8:49 pm
    Debt-slavery will result from tuition of $2.5k/year but not $2k/year?  If they really have so much in the bank, no debt, have maintained low tuition over the past two decades, and are now in a position to expand you should probably give that man a raise rather than cut his salary.
     
    This seems like ‘regionalism’ to me:

    In addition, the resolution [passed in 2004] empowers the Sinclair staff to explore opportunities to engage in partnerships to develop educational centers at strategic locations throughout the region. These centers must complement the downtown campus and be self-sufficient (after a reasonable start-up period).
    http://www.sinclair.edu/about/strategy/

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  2. truddick February 2, 2010 / 9:24 pm
    Mason would have had an independent community college in the 1970s–but in the roaring ’90s when anti-government repubs were in charge, a satellite campus seemed the best deal.  If Tom Raga is as honest as he seems he’ll confirm it.
     
    The elevating tuition rates–not just at Sinclair but everywhere–are a consequence of two things.  In public colleges, it’s our bias against government funding anything; if Columbus won’t support education, the colleges have got to raise operating budgets the only way they can.  At all colleges/universities, it’s the burgeoning budgets for all non-education stuff.  Want lower tuition?  Then reduce the size of all higher ed. administration by 75%, and eliminate or at least seriously trim all public-college marketing/advertising/student lagniappes.  That would mean cutting back on intercollegiate athletics (or, alternatively, just making them a legitimate for-profit minor league enterprise and abandoning the charade that the football players are all sincere students).
     
    Not savory to you OSU fans?  OK, then you admit you like government to fund stuff–and the stuff you like them to fund is college athletics that make coaches into multimillionaires while treating players like slave labor.  It’s not education, but gosh, who wants to tailgate at a physics class?

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  3. Civil Servants are People, Too February 4, 2010 / 9:17 pm
    The thing is, Sinclair issued a press release prior to the article stating that it was not true.   For some reason, the DDN completely ignored it.   Probably to stir up some controversy in a slow news week.

    The move will allow them to raise rates at an undetermined point in the future.   Yes, they probably have a plan in mind, but it was completely misleading for the DDN  to imply at 17% increase was on the way.
    Sinclair also said they will invest $100 million on the Dayton campus, but that wasn’t mentioned either.   Hmm…..
     

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  4. Will October 10, 2010 / 1:29 pm
    Wow! Dave, I wish you would write an article on the story below about Sinclair Community College and their knowingly corrupt ways. For people like my wife and I that work our butts off daily just to afford school at SCC and then they go and do something like this. Not to long ago I made an appointment with Marcia Miller and Gloria Goldman about what I thought was some unethical dealings going on in their nursing program. I was told by both women to “Deal with it.” Sinclair Nursing program teaches a class on “Nursing Ethics” and one of their main points that you’ll hear over and over again is “In the world of nursing, ignorance is not an excuse.”
    Both Gloria Goldman and Marcia Miller both knowingly hired Sinclair Nursing Professor Mary Beth Lodge although she did not have a nursing license. Marcia Miller & Mary Beth Lodge are now facing class 5 felony charges and they should both be put in jail. I read an article where the President of Sinclair said, Neither Marcia Miller or Gloria Goldman knew that this would be such a big deal due to the fact that the class Mary Beth Lodge was teaching was only 1 credit hour. This is CRAP! Someone needs to remind Gloria Goldman, Marcia Miller, and Sinclair Community College President Steven Johnson that “Ignorance is not an excuse in the world of nursing.”
    Lets not forget that Universities & Community Colleges are business too. Sinclair Community College of Nursing is willingly taking peoples money, bragging about their top rated nursing program, and then knowingly hiring teachers that are unqualified and/or unlicensed. This is a travesty to the hard working people of the Dayton area that are trying to better themselves. I am going to be very interested to see what the Ohio board of Nursing is going to do about this issue. I noticed that Miami Jacobs nursing school lost their accreditation for much less than this. Will Sinclair’s President Steven Johnson put a funny little spin on this story to downplay the severity of this issue? Sinclair Community College holds their Nursing Students to such a high standard, shouldn’t we the students and we the tax payers hold Sinclair’s professors to the same high standards? I think we should!
    Sinclair Community College in Dayton Ohio may be losing their Nursing License as soon as January 2011. Sinclair Community Colleges Nursing Program knowingly let Nursing Professor (Mary Beth Lodge) teach nursing students for 5 years without having a nursing license. Marcia Miller (Program Director) & Mary Beth Lodge (Sinclair Nursing Professor) are both facing felony charges from the State of Ohio. Gloria Goldman (Assistant Nursing Provost) & Marcia Miller ( Sinclair Nursing School Program Director) are both on administrative leave until investigation is completed and Sinclair Nursing Professor Mary Beth Lodge has been fired. http://tinyurl.com/36qr2nq

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