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Have you considered that some of us cannot post on certain subjects under our own name for fear of repercussions in our jobs? As my name implies, I work at GGC and have had a student there. There is no way I would post a comment regarding the college under my own name! That would just be professional suicide. There are other sensitive subjects that I would not comment on for fear of a co-worker taking offense and causing workplace distress.
All I'm saying is that when a business expands, they have to continue to meet the needs of the existing customers as well as the new customers they are reaching out to. Otherwise, none of the customers are going to be satisfied. And that is what happened at GGC. They grew in students but not in services. So instead of a small student body getting outstanding services, a large student body is getting only cut rate service. Imagine enjoying shopping at a local grocer. They give you personal attention. They have plenty of parking. If you need anything, there is always someone at the customer service desk. The check out lines are short. Then they decide to double the size of the store but don't add additional parking or hire more employees. If you're lucky enough to find a parking place and can get inside the store, you find that the shelves are low on stock. The check out lines are long and there is no one at customer service. That is what it is like at GGC now. I'm not saying they shouldn't expand, but they need to do it responsibly and with planning.
@JHogan: I'm not sure how to respond because it doesn't appear that we are talking about the same thing. Yes, education is a valuable asset. I don't disagree with that. And yes, the enrollment has skyrocketed. Which is exactly the problem. They have added students that they do not have the infrastructure to support. There is a terrible lack of building space, an equally terrible lack of parking, and a shortage of staff to run support services like financial aid and the registrar's office. My thought is simply that they their spending strategy should have included infrastructure growth at the same pace as student growth. Instead, it seems that the administration was more interested in growing numbers (perhaps to get more budget dollars?) than they are in serving the needs of the students. And now they are building a nice sports complex. They should put that, along with the new allied health sciences building on hold until they can address the budget needs and fund what is truly important.....education!
The school has grown without regard to their ability to support the increased enrollment. Now they are trying to play catch up and want us to fund it. The money they spent on new buildings and a sports complex should have been put into services for the students already enrolled. Adequate parking and support staff (such as financial aid and registrars office) should have been priorities. They should shelve plans for the new building and additional majors until they can take care of the programs already in place.
I am the parent of a former GGC student. I am thrilled at the growth and development of the school. However, I have a problem with the growth of the school without associated infrastructure. It is fine to bring more and more students to the campus, but where are they supposed to park? The new lab building was built in the parking lot, displacing a lot of parking spaces. Now another new building is being planned, which I think is going to take more existing parking. In addition to creating the need for MORE parking.
There is also a lack of administrative support. Admissions, student accounts, and financial aid lack the personnel to help the existing number of students. In the past 3 years it does not seem that many additional people have been hired. Getting through on the phone is almost impossible. The only way to get help is to spend hours waiting to see someone face to face. Once you get a person, the issue can usually be resolved. It is just a matter of getting TO a person.
I know money is tight for the university system, but if student body growth is going to be encouraged, money should be allocated for services the students will need.
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