Program closures announced

This message is from Rochester Community and Technical College President Leslie McClellon.

The RCTC Leadership Team annually outlines a set of priorities that include stabilizing enrollment, increasing student success and retention through data-informed practices, and creating a budget that aligns with the college structure. While the Leadership Team diligently works on these key issues, the economic realities require Administration to also continually examine our existing academic programs.

With RCTC’s priorities in mind, Vice President Jim Gross and the Academic Affairs Deans carefully and thoroughly examined the current academic offerings, their impact on student success (including transferability of courses and program employment outcomes), affordability and financial viability of our programs, and the best fit with RCTC’s mission. As a result of the academic review process, it has been decided that the Occupational Skills Program will officially close on June 30, 2015, and the Equine Science Program will officially close on June 30, 2016. Effective today, new enrollees will not be accepted into those two programs.

Students in the affected programs will be allowed to finish their courses prior to the program closures; unfortunately, the closing of these programs will result in a reduction in faculty positions. Decisions to reduce personnel and close programs are very difficult, therefore a question/answer session will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm in CF206/208 to respond to questions and share the rationale and process used in coming to this difficult decision. Affected students are receiving notification of the Q/A Session through a separate communication.

I want to thank everyone, especially the faculty, who have taken significant steps over the past few years to do everything possible to avoid these program closures. I also want to thank Vice President Jim Gross and the academic deans for all of their time and commitment to carefully consider all aspects before coming to this decision.

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