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Update from RVCC President Michael McDonough (May 26)

Good morning. I did watch The Match II yesterday, and I have to admit that I was delighted to see Tom Brady perform so poorly – what a bad golfer. As a long-time Buffalo Bills season ticket holder, it was so rewording to see Brady stumble – because he rarely did against the Bills.

Just one or two updates today:

  • An article by Sara Goldbrick-Rab in The Atlantic is generating a great deal of discussion. Titled “Community Colleges Aren’t Prepared for This Crisis,” she calls on the federal government to support the nation’s community colleges as they struggle to serve those citizens facing the most serious challenges of this pandemic.
  • Late last week, we received some sobering news from the state: RVCC will not receive any state funds for its operating aid for the months of July, August, and September. This sudden announcement presents a serious challenge to the College; it impacts our proposed FY21 budget and prompts significant recalculations. The state did note that the $69 million they received in GEER funding would go to higher education (but no indication on how they will allocate those funds, the total amount RVCC would receive, or when those funds would be available). The state also received $300 million in State Recovery Assistance funds and these monies are available to higher education, too. However, these are very restrictive funds (COVID-19 eligible expenses only) and are likely to distributed on a rolling and limited basis. We will continue to amend our budget forecast, to advocate on behalf of our students, and to think about the ways RVCC will have to change in order to survive these profound challenges.
  • A reminder that registration is open for Summer II. Classes begin on July 6 and run until August 14.


Apologies for such a brief update. I hope you are all well. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.

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