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Local Communities Give SBCC High Marks
updated: May 08, 2014, 7:30 PM

By SBCC

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 a measure.

"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 vocational classrooms."

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.

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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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