ACC President takes questions at forum
Alvin Community College President Dr. Rodney Allbright took the floor at the Student Center on February 20 to field questions from students about the college.
Approximately 30 students came to the Student Center to participate. Before taking questions, Allbright said he started the forum several years ago to get input from students.
“You are the future,” he said. “Your education is our future.”
Some of the students thanked Dr. Allbright after the forum and later said the forum was a good platform to communicate with the president.
“It was great to have this opportunity to hear directly from the president of the college and have a chance for us, as students to share our thoughts with him,” said SGA member, Jacob Delahoussaye, of Alvin.
Students asked questions regarding athletics, graduation locations, school financing and the quality of education offered at ACC. Students also wanted more information about how to get involved at ACC in student activities and if the college would consider expanding athletics programs to include football.
Student Nicole Haugen, of Alvin, asked about paying for tuition in increments when there’s an emergency and the student can’t afford to pay.
Dean of Students JoAn Anderson answered that students are allowed emergency exemptions and they should talk to her when they have a problem.
Anderson’s answer is something that all officials at ACC have in common, Allbright said.
“There is not one administrator or professional staff member that you cannot go see,” he said. “There are people here who know, who will talk to you and I promise you will help fix the problem.”
Allbright also touched on tuition costs and ACC’s budget. The college’s revenue comes from three sources – tuition, state funding and property taxes. Tuition rates are often dependent on how much funding the college gets from the state and from property taxes.
Tuition can sometimes go up when the college loses funding from the state, he said.
“We have to get a tuition rate that offsets what they don’t fund,” Allbright told students.
Student Courtney Reed, of Alvin, asked Allbright “What’s the best way for us, as students, to change the funding situation?”
“Write your legislator,” Allbright said.
Students should speak to state legislators and make it known that they should make higher education funding a priority.
“Tell them you know what the facts are,” he said. “Share that information with your friends.”
Photo: Alvin Community College Dr. Rodney Allbright talks with ACC students on Monday, February 20 about tuition rates, college funding, student involvement and athletics during a Presidents’ Day forum.