It is good to see most Western New Yorkers doing their part to flatten the COVID-19 curve with social distancing, staying close to home and generally taking proper care to help reduce the spread of the virus. There is plenty of good neighboring going on that hopefully will bring better times a little closer.
The personal tragedies of severe illness and death are difficult to bear, as is the uncertainty of it all. Most everyone will come to personally know someone who has been affected directly or through quarantine. Continue reading
My continuing interest in the operations of Erie Community College, aka ECC or SUNY Erie, has generated some new information.
Public information about the school’s finances and operations has been greatly diminished in the past several months, so on February 4 I sent a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request to the College. They stalled on the response, but finally on March 13 answers arrived. With the exception of one set of numbers, which concerned the number of students in the Spring 2020 semester, all of the information given me was obviously available to have been provided me as soon as February 5th. Continue reading
Over the nearly five years that Politics and Other Stuff has been published there has been a post or two or twenty about the life and times of Erie Community College, aka SUNY Erie. The College is an important educational institution, but over the past several years, like other colleges in Western New York, it has struggled with declining enrollment and increasingly difficult financial problems. More recently there have been concerns about the leadership of the school, as this blog reported on January 7th. Continue reading
Welcome to 2020 and welcome back to Politics and Other Stuff. Fasten your seat belts. The ride this year will be very bumpy.
Lets’ get started with some facts, observations and heard-on-the-streets: Continue reading
So Election Day, November 5th, is just thirty-five days away. Well, actually, Election Day is only twenty-five days away. Early voting is coming to a voting booth near you on Saturday, October 26th for a nine day run.
There will be 37 sites available in Erie County for early voting in 2019. Here is the Board of Elections’ explanation of the process. The location of the 37 sites can be accessed at the end of the following BOE note. Continue reading
Here we are again. Fall in Western New York – a beautiful time of the year.
But not everyone likes Fall. At Erie Community College (aka SUNY Erie), things are not so great this Fall. Student enrollment for this semester at the College is down again.
It’s not like this is something new. It’s unfortunately part of a continuing pattern, which has seen a substantial drop in enrollment in the past several years. For a school that is heavily dependent on students’ tuition payments, the continuous drop puts a severe strain on revenues, which can then impact the availability and quality of program offerings. Continue reading
This blog has chronicled in many posts the financial issues involved in the management of Erie Community College (aka SUNY Erie). With an annual budget of more than $105 million and a heavy investment of public funds in the institution, it’s an important question.
Like most other colleges in Western New York, ECC has struggled with declining enrollments. Reasons include a smaller pipeline of students in the area and a healthy economy. There’s not much that can be done with the area’s demographics. And a healthy local economy should be cheered, even though historically enrollment drops when people have jobs and are less in need of boosting their educational credentials. Continue reading