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Local Communities Give SBCC High Marks
updated: May 08, 2014, 7:30 PM
On Thursday, May 8, the Santa Barbara City College District Board of Trustees received the results of a
community survey conducted by the respected independent polling firm of EMC Research. The survey
was based on interviews with 501 randomly selected residents who live within the Santa Barbara
Community College District and are likely to vote in November.
Residents in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, and the surrounding local unincorporated communities
all strongly approve of the job Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) is doing, giving the college an
overwhelming 93% favorability rating. "We have outstanding faculty and staff at SBCC and excellent
academic and career/technical education programs, and we are so pleased to have the community's
recognition and support of us," said Lori Gaskin, SBCC President.
The survey also showed a strong recognition that the college is in need of additional funding for facility
improvements with 73% of respondents indicating that they would vote yes or lean toward supporting a
potential local education bond to maintain quality, affordable education by investing in repairs and
upgraded infrastructure at SBCC. The survey indicates support far beyond the 55% required to pass such
"With the cost of higher education skyrocketing, SBCC is committed to ensuring our students have
access to high-quality, affordable college classes and programs to help them prepare for careers and
transfer to four-year universities," said President Gaskin.
With regard to the community's interest in a potential local education bond to address critical college
campus and classroom needs, President Gaskin remarked, "A locally approved bond measure would
allow SBCC to repair aged facilities and upgrade academic, science, engineering, healthcare, and
The presentation of community survey results concludes a year-long effort to obtain stakeholder and
community input on college needs and priorities. At the next two meetings on May 22 and June 12, the
Board will conduct final readings for a bond measure and finalize ballot language required to place the
measure before voters in November 2014. For more details on the community survey results, please
refer to the Key Findings Memorandum included with this release.
About Santa Barbara City College:
Founded in 1909, Santa Barbara City College currently serves approximately 25,000 students each
semester who enroll in courses for transfer preparation, career education, and foundational skills and an
additional 4,500 enroll in lifelong learning classes. In 2013, SBCC was named national co-winner of the
prestigious Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence. The college was recognized for its
quality and focus in four areas: facilitating underrepresented and minority student success, student
learning outcomes, degree completion and transfer rates, and labor market success in securing good
jobs after college.
Our Mission: As a public community college dedicated to the success of each student…Santa Barbara
City College provides students a diverse learning environment that inspires curiosity and discovery,
promotes global responsibility and fosters opportunity for all.
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