Even if students just went to the event because of the free hotdogs and hamburgers, which the line for was pretty long but nothing compares to the bookstore line, students were sucked in by the event even though most of them did not know much about it.
“I came because I heard the music and then stayed for the food but then stayed because I noticed all these different things going on in school. I have enjoyed myself so far and I’m glad I was drawn into this. This is a good way to attract us and keep us here,” Criminal Justice Major, Precila Ortiz said.
There were tables set up in the courtyard by different organizations within the school and also outside the school. Organizations from within the school included clubs and different departments like CCPTV’s upcoming Quiz Show which was looking for contestants. Some of the organizations outside of the college included the Free Library of Philadelphia who rocked some black and gold t-shirts and Sb1 Federal Credit Union who gave financial advice. Sandra Gonzalez-Torres from the Office of Educational support handed out blue book marks that promoted the Majors Fair that will be held on Tuesday, October 8th.
Every day, students pass by posters throughout campus that try to promote student involvement but with hectic schedules it becomes easy for students to ignore these ads. The Black and Gold Bash is a way to draw in students with a more relaxed approach and it becomes a direct engagement as well as an experience itself. The students are not the only people being engaged but also faculty get a chance to interact with students.
There are so many ways for student to not only get involved but receive advice, opportunity and create social support. There are about thirty clubs at the college and students are encouraged to start their own. There are ordinary clubs like Art Club or Photo Club and there are not so ordinary clubs like Zombie Survival Club. More details about clubs can be found in the student life building or online.
Member of Alpha Beta Gamma, Katira Garcia, promoted the organization. She gave out information about the functions and benefits of being a member of the Alpha Beta Gamma.
“Students have a chance to be a part of something and also get the advantage of different opportunities,” Garcia said.
Cindy Ngo, First Vice President of the Student Government Association, and other members on the Student Programming Board had been planning the event for months.They worked hard to get DJ Beat Street, a well-recognized DJ from radio station Wired 96.5. With this attitude of “going big” the new members of the Student Government will have something in store for students this semester.
“We plan about 50 events throughout the year and this year we wanted to do it big with the Black and Gold Bash,” Ngo said.
Director of Student Life, David Greene, said this event used to be called Student Involvement Day. The name change has created a different appeal to the event. It is no longer just about involving students in the different programs and organizations that the college has to offer. It is about bringing back school pride and the uniting students and faculty in less uptight setting.
“This is a chance for students to get involved and create a better college experience,” Greene said.
By Zach Mentzer & Justin Clarke
Many would say it began in June of this year when The College (Community College of Philadelphia) announced that Stephen M. Curtis, CCP’s fifth President, would be stepping down after 14-years of service. Curtis, however, might say it began in October of last year when Mayor Nutter appointed himself and six others, including three of his own staff from City Hall as members of the 15-member Board of Trustees at The College.
“Curtis told students and staff on Thursday that members of his board in Philadelphia told him months ago his time was up because Mayor Michael A. Nutter last fall appointed several new board members, creating a majority that wanted to replace Curtis,” Steven Verburg reports in a June 28th posting for the Wisconsin State Journal.
The Board of Trustees had no comment on Curtis’s remarks.
As first reported by Susan Snyder of The Philadelphia Inquirer, on June 6th, the Board of Trustees of CCP voted to terminate Dr. Stephen Curtis’s contract as President of the College.
For student, Pamela Hicks, the news was shocking, “I would like to know more about why he stepped down – the reasons behind it, but I really do think it sucks, and I hope they can find a good replacement,” Hicks stated.
However, not everyone is very concerned with the reasons behind Curtis’ suddent departure, “I’d just like to know how much the new President will be getting paid,” Student, Denny Huon said.
“The board terminated his contract without cause,” Linda Wallace of CCP’s Division of Marketing and Government Relations said, as reported by Snyder.
Because of the Board’s actions, the conditions of his contract state that he will be paid a year’s salary and benefits of $277,584 which includes an allowance of $37,500 for housing and automobile expenses.
“Without cause” is a term used when someone is fired but not for any wrong-doing.
The vote came two days after the Board of Trustees released a statement saying Curtis would be leaving his post in September.
“In the next months, I look forward to opportunities to thank you individually and collectively for all your contributions, in and out of the classroom, that have advanced our College in so many different ways,” Curtis said in a letter released on the same day as the Board’s announcement.
Dr. Curtis was one of three candidates for the new president of Madison Area Technical College (MATC) in Wisconsin but was not chosen for the position.
Board members Stella Tsai, Beatriz Vieira and a representative for Board member Mark Edwards all had no comment on Dr. Curtis’s departure. All other Board Members and Administrators contacted by the Vanguard regarding the situation did not respond with comment.
Leading up to Curtis’s dismissal, at least some would describe the relationship between him and the faculty and staff as less than a harmonious one.
“The administration and the faculty must work it out together and it has been difficult to have that kind of meeting of the minds that would make for a fruitful interaction,” Dr. Grace Flisser, an English Professor at CCP said in an email. “We have not been able to work together in a way that would produce some really workable solutions to the various academic and curricular issues and problems associated with working on the Math course sequence. The faculty has a sense that our voice is not heard and our specific recommendations are not really considered.”
“We want to have a good relationship with the board and administration. We have not had a good relationship in many ways for the past several years. Biggest example of that is a lack of a new contract so we’re ready to work with whoever the board appoints to be the new leader of the college and we’re hoping that we’ll be able to get it done really quickly,” Federation Co-President, Steve Jones said during an exclusive interview with The Vanguard. “We were officially at the table on May 20th, we had a bargaining session…That was the first session we’ve had since December 17th,” Co-President, Jones further stated.
A new contract for the staff and teachers of the College who have been without one since August of 2011 is something many have been longing to see for some time now, student Pamela Hicks being one of them.
“I think the union contracts is something that should be addressed immediately by the new President, because without the faculty and the staff how long will this college run,” Hicks said.
Student, Pamela Hicks would also like a more social President, stating she wants, “Someone who wants to get more involved with the students and find out what we want and need and what we think is lacking, and the only way to find is by socializing more with the students.”
On July 17th the Board of Trustees of CCP announced that Judith Gay Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs, will serve as Interim President of CCP effective almost immediately.
In an email addressed to the college family, President of CCP’s Board of Trustees, Matthew Bergheiser said, “Dr. Gay, 63, is a nationally-recognized leader in higher education whose strong focus on student success and persistence has helped to increase the number of students earning workforce credentials and associate degrees.”
The Board is continuing their search for a permanent president with the help of an outside search firm that will be chosen at their next meeting on the September 12th.
To aid in the search, they are also forming what Bergheiser described in a letter as “a Search Committee whose members will include both internal and external representatives – that is, members of the College family – as well as selected external leaders and professionals who can bring their experience and expertise to the process.”
Already throwing out ex-President Curtis’ best and final offer (BAFO) presented last spring, The Union has already been presented with a new contract proposal. Details have yet to be disclosed to The Vanguard, but The Union will be meeting as early as September 11th to vote on it. The Vanguard will be reporting on the latest contract proposal in full in the next issue.
By: Justin Clarke
At roughly 1:30 p.m. on May 20th the Students Outcome Committee met to discuss, among other things, a proposal made by administration of The College (The Community College of Philadelphia) to divide the Math department in two with separate developmental and foundational departments.
Less than a month later, on June 6th, Board of Trustees Chair at CCP, Matthew Bergheiser, called a meeting to order at roughly 3:45 p.m. which would adjourn with a final decision – the Math Department is to be split into two separate departments, one developmental and one foundational.
This new approach that will begin to take effect as early as next semester is known as a centralized approach. The decentralized approach which math students at The College are currently taken part in this semester is a result of the math classes already being set so students could enroll.
Many changes will come with the centralized approach and the new developmental math department. For example, though the Math 118 class will not lose its credit-baring status as originally speculated, a new remedial math department head and staff will have to be hired along with new teachers at a time when The College is also shopping for a new President (see article above).
While The College’s Public Relations Department states that, “The College has a standard process for new hires. It will advertise the availability of faculty positions as it always does.”
This is still already a concern for faculty members like Federation Co-President, Steve Jones, who states, “One thing we’ve been told is that the administration needs to develop an implementation plan. There are a lot of open ended questions about what’s going to happen next. One thing is the question remains…which faculty will be allowed to teach in the new department and which will remain in the mathematics department.”
Also, a new curriculum is expected to accompany the new department and it is now confirmed that Math 016 will cease to exist at The College as of next spring.
News of the rapid changes being made to CCP were met with various opinions such as curiosity, for one, by students like Jordan Garner, “I tested out of the earlier math and was immediately sent to 161 so I don’t have much to really say about developmental math, but I guess it’ll be interesting to see how they do it. If they split it off, will it still be fair? How will the new policies affect the developmental students? If they don’t collaborate well, people are just going to be more frustrated than ever,” Garner states.
For students like Sharon Shorts, the split is more a cause for concern, “It’s horrible, I have heard all about the separation and I think it’s ridiculous. It’s a bad idea and on some levels of The College I think CCP is really disorganized. The head honchos, as I call them, they really need to come together and think about what’s in store for the future of the students of this school. They say this is path to possibilities but when they divide and take away things like that, what does a student do but run and go to another school,” Shorts said.
The largely unpopular proposal was originally introduced to the Math Department on November 12th by Interim President Dr. Judith Gay, who states in her proposal that, “One of the advantages of the centralized approach is the focus it brings to working on developmental education.”
As cited by former Vanguard Business Manager, Donald Stewart (Vol. 41, Issue 5) Dr. Gay also believes, “Our current approach to developmental mathematics is not working.”
Math Department Head, Brenton Webber, immediately responded with an 11 page response as clear as a statement given to The Vanguard via email stating, “The Math Department is firmly against both the formation of the new developmental mathematics department as well as the planned discontinuation of Math 016,” Webber states.
However, it’s not just the math department and a few students that are against the changes scheduled to start happening next spring, Co-Union Presidents and Steve Jones and John Braxton immediately rallied the troops to support the math department’s judgment.
“The main place that we’re coming from is that the professional mathematics teachers are unanimously opposed to the change. John and I…we’re listening to the voice of the professional math teachers, that’s what they do in life, and there judgment is that it’s really important for there to be a continuum that goes from beginning to advanced…That’s their main point, and so we’re paying attention to that and supporting their professional judgment,” Federation Co-President, Steve Jones stated to the Vanguard in an exclusive interview.
In February the faculty signed a petition opposing Dr. Gay’s proposal and on March 14th Department Head, Brenton Webber attempted to give a presentation again opposing Dr. Gay’s proposal at a 1:30 p.m. Students Outcome Committee meeting in which The Federation (CCP’s faculty and staff union) says Webber, “was cut short before he could finish his presentation to the board.
Director of Communications at The College, Linda Wallace assures The Vanguard via email that, “There will be other options for students who need to develop arithmetic skills.”
Wallace also states in her email to The Vanguard that, “While there may not be agreement on the creation of a new department, the College administration believes everyone recognizes the importance of improving student learning outcomes in mathematics. From coast-to-coast, colleges are experimenting with ground-breaking approaches to developmental education. California and Texas have appropriated money to research and develop new, effective remedial education strategies. Colorado, Connecticut and Virginia have made state and system policies flexible so institutions can use innovative methods to teach remedial courses. This change positions our College to focus more attention on this goal.”
Federation Co-President, John Braxton agrees that everyone recognizes the importance of improving student learning outcomes in mathematics, but argues that while, “Nobody’s satisfied with the scores, it’s not that the math department says everything’s fine, we don’t need to change anything. They have a bunch of ideas that they have wanted to implement to try and improve things because everybody would like to see a lot more learning in math, changes that wouldn’t require a split…It’s not that the faculty is saying just leave it alone, we’re saying that having a bunch of people that would have to admit that they have no expertise in teaching math make the decision doesn’t make any sense,” Braxton states.
A link shared with The Vanguard to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NSCL) hosts some interesting facts hosts some interesting facts, such as, “The need for remediation is widespread. When considering all first-time undergraduates, studies have found anywhere from 28 percent to 40 percent of students enroll in at least one remedial course. When looking at only community college students, several studies have found remediation rates surpassing 50 percent, Students are not testing at college-ready levels on national assessments. Only 25 percent of students who took the ACT met the test’s readiness benchmarks in all four subjects (English, reading, math and science) in 2012,” and, “Remediation is costly for states to provide and for students to take. Strong American Schools estimates the costs of remedial education to states and students at around $2.3 billion each year.”
While many may disagree with the decision to divide the math department in two, one thing is certain, the decision to do so is final and as the administration and faculty begin to take necessary steps to implement this new centralized approach to students by the start of the fall 2014 semester, al l we can truly do is wait and see what type of results the split produces, because as any math teacher at The College will tell you, the numbers never lie.
To read the entire list of Facts placed online by the NSCL or to learn what legislature can do to help, visit http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/educ/improving-college-completion-reforming-remedial.aspx.
By: Don Stewart
Students at Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) and nationwide are struggling with math. According to figures from the CCP Office of Institutional Research, 49% of students here at the college, place below the college math level of Math 118 and fall into developmental mathematics courses Math 016 or 017.
In an effort to produce better numbers, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Judy Gay released a proposal that would divide the Math Department in two, one for developmental courses 016, 017 and in a new move, the Math 118 course would fall under this department as well, losing its “credit” bearing status.
Dr. Gay’s plan would be considered a centralized approach, which means that developmental courses are provided by a separate Developmental Education Department. Currently the College is using a decentralized approach, which means developmental courses and credit math courses are taught together by the same faculty and are a part of the same department. This method is the most common approach amongst colleges and universities in the U.S. according to a Department of Education report.
In the proposal, Dr. Gay states the reason for the change is, “Our current approach to developmental mathematics is not working.” She further highlights the success of neighboring community colleges such as Delaware and Bucks County Community Colleges for the improvements in developmental math.
Dr. Gay opened her proposal with a quote by Dr. Uri Treisman, professor of mathematics and Executive Director of the Charles A. Dana Center. It read, “Developmental mathematics has become a burial ground for the aspirations of a myriad of students trying to improve their lives through education.”
Dr. Treisman is a well-known leader in math and science. In 2006 he won the Scientist of the year award by Harvard.
“Uri’s notable contributions to mathematics and his admirable work with minority students deserves special recognition,” said Dr. S. Allen Counter, Director of the Harvard Foundation.
After contacting Dr. Treisman on the split of the math department here at CCP he responded by email with the following: “In general, I do not think it good practice to segregate programs for students needing remediation from regular departmental programs. I do understand that sometimes campus administrators who lack confidence in their Math Departments pursue this strategy. In such cases there are often better solutions to the issues at hand.”
In Department Head of Mathematics, Brenton Webber’s, eleven-page response to Dr. Gay’s proposal, he states, “The Mathematics Department is firmly against this proposal” and “has evidence of improvement within reasonable expectations.”
Webber also points out that Delaware and Bucks County Community Colleges are having success, but also have different students than that of CCP’s. The average CCP student is older and has spent more time away from high school. In addition, as Webber notes, CCP students are also coming from an already troubled Philadelphia School District, which struggles with math.
Webber further mentions that there, “is a trend away from centralized math models,” referencing a 1997 move by Bucks County Community College that placed their Basic Algebra course back into the regular math department.
Student responses to the split and the Math Department in general are mixed; however, the consensus from students was that most CCP math instructors are doing a poor job of covering the material and preparing students who are already unfamiliar with math.
Sarah, a current 118 student said, “It’s [math 118] complex enough for me to gather all the information and stop right there. I don’t need to go any further; we touch on everything from basic common numbers to dividing fractions It covers everything full circle. If I’m a Communications major then why [take more math classes]? That’s just greedy.”
Rashad, also in math 118 says that his biggest barrier to 017 was, “He [math instructor]did not speak good English. Nearly everyone in the class complained. Many people dropped the class.” Rashad said that his peers did not know the proper steps to take to file a complaint against the instructor.
Claudia, a non-traditional student said that her experience in 017 was horrible. She took the class twice. She said, “One time we did get him to try and teach us things and he said well you should know these things already. But for someone like me who hasn’t been in school for a while how am I supposed to know? There were kids right from out of high school that didn’t understand [the math work].”
I asked her what she did to resolve the matter and she said she complained to department head, Brenton Webber, and his response was ‘well you should have came earlier in the year’. When asked about her math 118 class Claudia said her biggest challenge was the final exam.
According to statistics provided by the Math Department, between Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 there was an average drop of 11.9% in overall passing grades (A, B, or C) for math 016, 017 and 118 classes. Withdraws also doubled for 016 and 118 for that same period. Webber correlates this dramatic decrease in results to the “implementation of the departmental final exam.”
Students are unfamiliar with the new computerized testing and the time counter for the final exam is unforgiving to human error. There is already a mixed message from different Math 017 and 118 instructors in regards to using the mymathlab website that would help familiarize students with the computerized final exam format. Creating a new department could possibly further complicate communications.
The mathematics department has been making attempts to produce better student numbers as outlined in Webbers response; however, the key to this lies with the students as they are the ones with the problem.
A popular student opinion based website, ratemyprofessor.com, rated one CCP math instructor and 24 times students had complaints they could not understand the teacher’s English; two said he was just a bad instructor.
By: Peter Ott
On Thursday, April 11, the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) unveiled plans for a new English degree. The Associate Arts (AA) degree in English is designed to be transferable to any state run college in Pennsylvania and functions as the first two years of a Bachelor’s of Arts (BA) degree.
“An AA in English will do a number of pretty important things for you,” said Program Coordinator Simone Zelitch. “It will help you read closely and write clearly. But perhaps the most important foundation it will provide you is the ability to go on to a number of other programs. It’s a very flexible degree… It’s a very common degree for pre-law. It’s a strong degree for those who want to go on to public relations or advertising. It actually is a degree that some doctors have.”
The program is 61 credits and a student must finish with at least a grade point average of a 2.0. Along with General Education requirements, the English Degree includes:
- English 190: Introduction to Literature
- Three of the following Survey Courses:
- British Literature I and 2
- American Literature 1 and 2
- One of the following
- World Literature 1 and 2
- Public Speaking
- Two Literature or Creative Writing Electives
“The more I thought about the degree the more I realized what a good match the program is for the institution and its students,” Zelitch said. “Really being able to communicate clearly is essential… It’s about being able to read between the lines and saying what you mean on paper.”
The launch began with a welcome ceremony that outlined the wide range of courses in the English program and a chance to speak with the faculty. Next was a panel where representatives from Temple, Arcadia, Saint Joseph’s University, Rosemont and La Salle discussed transfer opportunities to their own BA programs in English.
Lunch was served after the seminar concluded and the faculty held an English and Creative Writing mixer and trivia contest. After lunch a panel (including a lawyer, a journalist, and an advertising and PR person) discussed what could be done with an English major. For many the highlight came next when last semester’s Judith Stark Creative Writing Contest winners read excerpts from their award winning works and discussed their favorite authors. The day culminated in an open mic hosted by the Director of the Creative Writing Certificate, Jeffrey Markovitz.
Famous English Majors:
- Harold Varmules- Noble Laureate in Medicine and current Director of the National Cancer Institute
- Bob Woodward- Journalist whose writing about the Watergate scandal lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon
- Clarence Thomas- US Supreme Court Judge
- Barbara Walters- Television broadcast journalist
- Brandon Tartikoff- Television executive credited with turning around NBC’s low prime time television reputation
- Steven Spielberg- Director/Producer of many of Hollywood’s biggest movies
- Sting- Singer/Songwriter and former English teacher
- Martin Scorsese- Award winning director of Raging Bull, The Taxi Driver, and Goodfellas
- Sally Ride- US Astronaut
- Conan O’Brien- Talk show host, comedian, and writer
- Mario Cuomo- Former Governor of New York
For More Information Contact:
Simone Zelitch, Program Coordinator at email@example.com,
The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.
Or check out the website: http://www.ccp.edu/site/academic/catalog/degrees/english_degree.php
By: Geneva Gerwitz
The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) is a student run organization on campus that is working toward making CCP as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)-friendly as possible.
The GSA has been busy promoting Civility Week, which is from April 8 – 12. There are several different events that will take place during the week that are open to everyone on campus. Civility Week is meant to create LGBT awareness and to create inclusion at CCP.
“During Civility week the GSA is hosting a student panel discussion Thursday April 11 at 2:15 in S1-08 regarding ‘The LGBT Experience on Campus.’ This discussion will consist of the issues and challenges LGBT students have on campus,” President of the GSA, ShaRon Cooks said.
Some other events that will take place during Civility Week include workshops, presentations and films. Speakers Bob Schoenberg, Paolo Andino and Reno Prestige Wright among others will be there throughout the week. There will also be Safe Space Training and a workshop titled “LGBT Awareness and Sensitivity Training for Staff and Faculty.” A LGBT Resource Fair will wrap up Civility Week on Friday, April 12.
The GSA became an official CCP organization in the Fall 2012 semester and was busy throughout the year planning events and was recognized by the Philadelphia Gay News three months ago.
“To have The Gay- Straight Alliance at The Community College of Philadelphia recognized in the Philadelphia Gay News paper means that the LGBT Community in Philadelphia acknowledges the work of the GSA and importance of community support for college students,” Cooks said.
“Having the Support of The Philadelphia’s Gay News and LGBT Community feels great. But more importantly, it means The Gay Straight Alliance at CCP has the positive and encouraging support we need to be successful students and that feels like we are respected by the community, and brings light to the issues LGBT students face on campus,” Cooks continued.
Since the fall, they have acquired a cubicle in the Student Life Center that contains resource information on HIV, STDS and aids prevention, counseling and health referrals and condoms.
“The resources and information in the GSA cubicle space is for educational purposes. The resources are there for student/peer support. There is information in the GSA cubicle space on health and well-being, domestic abuse, legal information and counseling resources. It is important to have this information available because it can help save a student’s life,” Cooks said.
Recently the advisors of the GSA have sent recommendations to the Campus President about LGBT inclusion. The information in the recommendation discusses ways to make the campus more LGBT friendly. It recommends the addition of classes, creating a permanent staffed Resource Center, creating a gender neutral bathroom, creating a LGBT and Ally student scholarship and the circulation of the CCP’s discrimination harassment prevention policy to safeguard against hate speech among many things. Classes that are recommended would include teaching others about LGBT matters.
The President of the College, Dr. Stephen M. Curtis, has yet to respond to the members of the Gay Straight Alliance in regards to the recommendations.
The GSA has been busy all year and it does not seem like they are going to slow down anytime soon. They have plans and goals that they want to accomplish throughout the rest of this semester and in the future.
“The future goals of the GSA are to have all of the recommendations given to the college president implemented. To make life easier for LGBT students at CCP. Build alliances with the other clubs on campus. Our goals for this semester are being met with the Civility Week programming, education and events centered on the LGBT community to hopefully bring a diverse perspective to campus life and a better understanding of the LGBT Experience,” Cooks said.
There are several ways to become actively involved with the GSA including participating in Civility Week, attending the general meetings and by visiting the GSA cubicle in the Student Life. Anyone interested in becoming a member can contact President ShaRon Cooks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Cristina Baj
Last summer the subsidized student loan interest rate was frozen by Congress to the current low rate of 3.4 percent. However, this low rate was only frozen for one year. The interest rate is set to double on July 1st to 6.8 percent unless Congress decides to extend the rate again.
Last year in Pennsylvania 393,585 students were borrowers of student loans. If subsidized student loans are kept to this low rate of 3.4 percent the average student borrower in Pennsylvania would save $1,008 a year, according to whitehouse.gov. If student loans are doubled the average student borrower in Pennsylvania will pay $1,008 a year in added interest.
In the 2010 to 2011 school year the average CCP student received $4,414 in borrowed loan assistance. In total $34,994,722 was received in loan assistance at CCP during the 2010 to 2011 school year, according to collegenavigator.gov. However, CCP’s tuition has only risen since.
If student loan interest rates double it would affect 9,831 students currently at Community College of Philadelphia, according to Dr. Samuel Hirsch, Vice President of Student Affairs.
“An increase in student loan interest rate will increase the monthly amount that a student has to make when the loan is in repayment. Repayment begins six months after a student graduates, withdraws or stops attending college at least half-time. A larger monthly loan repayment amount will weigh heavily on all students, especially those who are just starting a family or have dependents,” Hirsh said.
The one year freeze of the current low interest ratere lied heavily on the advocating of colleges and their students around the United States. Last summer President Barack Obama called for college students to speak up on behalf of their 3.4 interest rates so that Congress would be pushed to freeze the rate. Students rallied to social media and other outlets for their voices to be heard.
Community College of Philadelphia plans to raise awareness and advocate for their students on the possibility of student interest rates doubling.
“We have always advocated on behalf of our students who are facing an ever increasing financial burden. We have been very proactive in providing students with information regarding loans. We provide information in various publications and through financial planning workshops offered by the College,” Hirsh said.
Student loan interest rates have risen and fallen through the years however CCP has not noticed an increase in foot traffic at their finical aid offices, according to Hirsh.