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At our September meeting, Dr. Larson (top) briefed the mayors on the state of the college. “Ocean County College is doing well,” he said, noting that OCC maintains a “substantial reserve.”
Dr. Larson said that while enrollment had fallen by 4% this year, the decline was largely attributable to the overall economy and was not unexpected. No major cutbacks or personnel reductions will result, he said.
Commenting on recent news accounts, Dr. Larson said Keane University had moved to address criticism from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which last year cited institutional problems at the university. More recently, he explained, Middle States had credited Keane with the necessary improvements. Keane, based in Union, N.J., has a strategic partnership with OCC and a growing presence on the OCC campus.
Dr. Larsen said the Keane partnership will enable Ocean County students to matriculate after two years at OCC to complete a four-year degree program at Keane at a cost of approximately $27,000, not counting financial aid. Many students now pay that much for a year or even a semester at some U.S. universities, Dr. Larson said. He thanked the Ocean County Freeholders for their ongoing financial support for OCC.
Assemblyman David Wolf (lower left above) spoke briefly asking the mayors to support the $750 million New Jersey State College Bond Issue for buildings and upgrades at the state's colleges. Some of the money would reportedly be allocated to 19 community colleges.
Sandy Broughton (lower right above), president of the Ocean County College Foundation thanked the Mayors' Association for their support over the years.
Our Next Meeting
On Thursday, October 25, 2012, the Ocean County Mayors’ Association will hold a business meeting at the Legend Restaurant adjacent to the Howard Johnson Hotel located at 955 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, New Jersey. Registration begins at 8:30 AM. Our guest speaker will be: Cindy Randazzo, Director, Office of Local Government Assistance, N.J. Department of Environmental Protection. There is a $15.00 per person meeting fee. Guests are welcome. Attendance limited to 50. Kindly RSVP no later than Monday, Monday 22, 2012 by contacting April at Administrator@ocmayors.com or 732-644-0657 (please indicate number of attendees, and names if possible).
The Association holds business meetings every month except July and August.
The Ocean County Mayors' Association has been found tax exempt by the IRS. Donations are deductible. Documentation of this determination and related financial disclosure documents are available for public examination.