Norwalk Community College faculty say no to consolidation plan




NORWALK — By an unanimous 31-0 vote, the Norwalk Community College Senate has voted to ask that the Board of Regents stop efforts to consolidate the state’s 12 community colleges.

The move comes after system President Mark Ojakian indicated that he and the Board of Regents that oversees the colleges plan to move forward with consolidation despite an initial rejection from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.




The accrediting body noted a variety of concerns and told the state what was being proposed was not just a change but a whole new institution.

“By moving forward President Ojakian and the BOR jeopardize the accreditation of the community colleges and the state universities,” reads the resolution. “(NEASC) made abundantly clear their skepticism about its feasibility.

In an email, Maribel La Luz, a spokesman for the system said the faculty senate had previously expressed opposition to Students First, so their vote did not come as a surprise.

“We continue to work together with NEASC and will recommend some next steps to the Board at our meeting in June,” La Luz said.

Norwalk faculty say they do not believe the “Students First” proposal will save money and is likely to create a disorderly environment for students.

Their resolution calls for existing Students First work groups to be dissolved and for a restructuring of the system office to remove unnecessary and duplicative managerial staff. In addition, they want the Board of Regents to only be responsible for strategic direction, non-academic system policies and interaction with the legislature.

Ojakian’s office had no immediate reaction to the resolution.

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