Emanuel To Keep Current City College Administration

CHICAGO (WBBM) — Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel says he’s keeping the team that Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed to run the City Colleges of Chicago.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Rahm Emanuel says City Colleges Chancellor Cheryl Hyman—herself a product of the City Colleges system—will stay on. So will Board of Trustees chairman Martin Carbrera Jr. and Trustee Everett Rand.

The Mayor-elect acknowledges this shows he likes the way Hyman and her team have been trying to remake the troubled community college system.

Emanuel says he is 100 percent behind the current administration’s ongoing efforts to reverse the dropout rate and the lagging enrollment at the community colleges, and to improve the curriculum for the students.

Emanuel is also appointing some new trustees, including Vice-chair Ellen Alberding, Attorney Larry Rogers Senior and former Governors State University President Paula Wolff.

Last month, a controversy erupted at the City Colleges, which drew union representatives to take an informal “no confidence” vote against Hyman.

Faculty members were angry about spending at the district office. According to board documents, new hires total $3.63 million in funding and consultants’ contracts total $2.2 million.

A Chicago media firm had gotten $500,000 for marketing and branding the campaign to “Reinvent the City Colleges” and another $54,000 for helping Hyman — who Mayor Daley recruited from ComEd — to write and publish her vision for the future of the City Colleges of Chicago.

But City College officials said they have increased the number of advisors, tutors and mentors. They also claimed to have cut the budget by $30 million, which was puzzling given that budget documents showed a $50 million spending increase over last year.

Do you think Emanuel should keep the current City Colleges administration? Leave your comments below.

  • Mr. Jospeh

    As with any change, things will not happen overnight. The new leadership needs time to implement their vision. The outcome will be measure with the success of the students. It is not all about graduation rates, lets face the truth, not all CCC student wants an associates degree. Many just want to complete hours to transfer. And for those who do transfer, well they completed their mission at CCC. I may not agree with the spending, but give the current administration time to see if they can be a success.

  • Edie B.

    “he is 100 percent behind the current administration’s ongoing efforts to
    reverse the dropout rate and the lagging enrollment at the community colleges,
    and to improve the curriculum for the students” ,
    Emmanuel is, in particular, delighted to continue allowing local businesses
    associated with the city college, as well as its financiers and registrars, to
    overcharge students for books, fees, and services, thereby draining federal loan
    programs and ensuring a lifetime of debt and servitude for fledgling scholars.

  • tom Sharp

    Another political insider being treated like a political insider, in spite of all evidence of her incompetence! This guy is rapidly becoming a Daley clone!

  • Smart One

    The majority of those students are getting MAP and PELL grants, which pays for their education without having to take out loans. It is cheaper for students to go to the City Colleges for their first two years and save almost 15k than go to U of I and spend 20K for one year and be stuck in a classroom with 600-700 students with a grad assistant teaching those courses and having the threat of getting their room and board or tuition raised each year.

    However, if a student leaves college during the semester and gets a refund after everything has been paid for, then they have to pay the college back so the college in turn can pay the feds back.

    Right now, employers are not sympathetic about working with their employees college schedules and people are having to make a choice on going to school or working, choosing working instead. Once the economy gets better(lets hope), then you’ll see more people going back to school.

    No, I don’t work for the City Colleges. II’m an independent college advisor.

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