Cutting civil engineering tech at Three Rivers — a big mistake

A letter to the Board of Regents: It has come to our attention that the Civil Engineering Technology program at Three Rivers Community College is in grave danger of being terminated. Also, the Environmental Engineering Technology program is being threatened by being changed to an “Environmental Science” program. These changes will be a huge mistake for the TRCC administration to make. Here’s why:

Hey, CSCU Board of Regents: Enough is enough!

The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education needs to take heed: Students at Manchester Community College and many other Connecticut State Colleges and Universities are livid at how their tuition has increased and critically important programs, many of which are required to graduate, are being cut.

What if the embattled CSCU got another chance?

Some would argue that the CSCU system has already exhausted a first and second chance to overcome the mistakes it made since its formation four years ago. But what if the CSCU System was given a fresh start, with new leadership? Would its governing officials learn and not repeat the past mistakes?

Right fervor, wrong focus. More than Meriden campus at stake

The potential closing of Middlesex Community College’s Meriden Center is terrible news. Nevertheless, there is one very good thing that has come from the decision to close the campus: attention. Ultimately, the conversation that needs to happen is not about the Meriden Center; rather, it is about the necessity — and obligation — to properly manage and adequately fund Connecticut’s state colleges and universities.

Time to dismantle the CT Board of Regents

However well-meaning CSCU President Gregory Gray’ appears, it doesn’t change the most important dynamic that impacts funding for higher education in the state: legislators don’t trust the Board of Regents for Higher Education that Gray heads and are leery of giving more money to a central office that can’t seem to do anything other than increase administrative costs, grow an already bloated management core, raise tuition rates, and continually demonstrate the debilitating results of bureaucratic paralysis.