The State of Sinclair College

Summary of Speech Delivered by Dr. Steven L. Johnson, President and CEO
April 25, 2013

The state of Sinclair is very strong, as it is:

  1. Maintaining alignment to the community in the face of rapid change
  2. Financially sound, stable and continuing on a sustainable path
  3. Among the most accessible colleges
  4. Most aggressively working to improve systems leading to better student completion
  5. Fully engaged in assessing and responding to the changing environment

Sinclair President’s Recommendations and Priorities for FY 2014
(Proposed to the Board of Trustees and the Sinclair Community)

  1. Financial Aid—Fund a special, one-time project to vastly improve financial aid office operations and electronically manage student records.
  2. Early to College Scholarship—Develop a special "early to college" scholarship fund to pay the tuition for high school students to enroll in high school-located concurrent Sinclair courses.
  3. New Centers—Consider opening 1 to 2 additional workforce development "corporate college" learning centers along the Interstate 675 corridor.
  4. Fund and Implement UAS Strategic Plan—Provide an internal loan from program development reserves to fully implement a strategic Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) training center.
  5. Life and Health Sciences Center—Launch the design team and fund-raising team for a new Life and Health Sciences Center.
  6. Dayton Campus: Look East and West—Launch a joint college and community team to develop proposals and options for the future development of the city blocks to the east of the Dayton Campus, and to develop the college land to the west of the river.
  7. Co-locate with Wright State University—Explore the development of expanded joint-use facilities and joint operations with Wright State University (in Dayton, at the WSU campus and at the Sinclair Mason campus).
  8. National Leadership—Continue participation in state and national leadership roles in the reform of higher education (as with Completion by Design, implementing the Framework of Accountability and implementing the 21st Century Commission recommendations).
  9. City Connects—Translate the Boston Connects K-12 model to community colleges with assistance of Boston College and the Mathile Family Foundation.
  10. Reorganize as Needed—Ensure that change and improvement initiatives are not relegated to being side projects or tangential issues that do not move to scale.

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