New Chancellor 'Bullish' On Community Colleges
The troubled California Community Colleges system has a new chancellor. The Board of Governors unanimously chose Brice Harris yesterday, the former chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District in and around Sacramento.
"I am bullish on these colleges," Harris said, "I'm optimistic about the future. I do believe funding is going to recover."
The state's community colleges, which serve 2.4 million students on 112 campuses, have had to cut staff and classes because of state budget cuts.
And Harris says he doesn't have easy answers to the challenges facing the system, in which many students can't get into the classes they need to graduate or to qualify for transfer to a state college or university.
"It delays their education," Harris said. "It delays their pathway to a better life a better job, And frankly it slows down the increased tax paying in California because these students can't get the level of work they want and need and deserve."
Harris replaces Jack Scott, who's served as Chancellor since 2009.