What to Know About the Riverside Community College System
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Riverside Community Colleges (RCCS) is in the midst of a “tough balancing act,” as it seeks to increase enrollment while continuing to cut costs.
In the midst, the state is trying to keep up.
The state is spending nearly $700 million on RCCS to replace aging infrastructure, while the university’s $1.3 billion operating budget is almost $200 million below projections.
In order to get back on track, the university is in a tough spot, said RCCs Chief Operating Officer Mike Rizoli, as RCC schools are facing the biggest funding cuts of any in the state.
The system is in danger of “running out of money to operate,” Rizolias job description said, and there’s a growing consensus among the RCC staff and students that the university needs to focus more on making students more self-sufficient.
“The most critical thing that’s been said to us over the past year or so is that RCC has to prioritize the future of our students,” Rizzolias said.
The biggest issue with RCC campuses, Rizols job description continued, is “we have no financial structure to support future growth.
There are no student-athletes, no athletic department.
We’re just on our feet.”
The RCC’s financial situation is complicated by the state’s $5 billion tuition-free, 24-hour scholarship program.
RCC students who complete the program are eligible for a $4,500 grant, but the state has yet to distribute any.
As a result, RCC colleges students are struggling to pay tuition, which has been rising every year.
“We’re getting closer to our financial limits,” Ritzolias told BuzzFeed News.
“I think the state, we’re trying to do what’s best for the students.
We think that’s a good thing, but that’s not what’s happening at the moment.
I think we’re seeing it right now.”
In addition, Rizzoli said, RCTS students “are struggling to access the health and dental services they need.”
According to the state Department of Community Affairs, in the spring of 2019, only 23 percent of the college’s students received medical assistance.
That was the lowest number of students receiving dental care in the past three years.
Ritzols job listing said RCTs enrollment had been growing “by about 20 percent” for the past six years.
The problem, he said, was that “a lot of students” were “missing” dental care.
“There’s a lot of people who are not able to get the dental care that they need,” Riazolias continued.
“This is a very, very serious issue.”
At RCC, RIT students have had the worst dental crisis of any college in the country.
According to RIT’s job listing, “RIT has an estimated 8,800 students, with a dental rate of about 6 percent.”
The problem has been compounded by the fact that students at RIT are forced to work part-time to pay for dental insurance.
According the state dental report, “a small percentage of students do not have a working dental plan.”
In the spring, RIDC students faced an even greater challenge: The state’s emergency dental plan for students was set to expire in January 2019.
As part of the deal to extend the state emergency dental program, RIDs students were able to renew their existing plans for up to four years, but only if they completed a series of tests and paid the full cost of their services.
This means that while RIDCs students are able to continue working part-timers jobs, RIUC students are also paying the full bill.
“It’s not a simple situation, but it’s a tough situation for the RID students,” said RIDs Assistant Vice President for External Relations and Communications Jody Ochoa.
“When the state goes back to that plan and you have no dental plan, then that’s going to be the difference between having a dental appointment and not having a dentition appointment.”
RID’s dental crisis is compounded by a higher than expected number of RIT graduates graduating, as well as the fact RIU students are unable to attend their graduation ceremony due to financial constraints.
According Rizzols job title, the average RID graduates are “less than 25 percent” of those who are graduating from the school, with “only 8 percent” attending graduation ceremonies.
“RIDs graduation rate is also at a record low, as only 8 percent of graduates graduated this year,” RIZs report said.
“So what are they doing with all these students?”
Rizzolls job description ended, “The RID system is struggling.”
Riverside Community Colleges (RCCS) is in the midst of a “tough balancing act,” as it seeks to increase enrollment while…