Darton aiming higher with less state funds

Faculty and staff listen to Monday's State of the College Address / Ashley Knight

Faculty and staff at Darton College met Monday morning to learn what's going on inside their newly-accredited collegiate walls.

Faculty and staff filed into the theatre at Darton College Monday to hear the state of the college address.

President of Darton College, Dr. Peter Sireno, was blunt when asked about the state of his college's funds.

"The budget is terrible! I mean we're hurting just like every other college and university," said Dr. Sireno.

But they are finding ways to cope.

"We don't fill administrative positions if they become vacant. In the area of teaching what we do is we use more adjunct."

But still striving to provide for the student.

"The year is a year of trying to get through this terrible, terrible budget time and at the same time continue to serve the needs of the students."

That includes learning how to work with the fact that most of these students have grown up texting more than emailing or even talking.

"In other classes it's more of a time to kind of stop and say hey, we're putting down our cell phones and now we're writing complete sentences and we're thinking about structure in a different way," says Video Communications Specialist, Brian Perkins.

"In addition to connecting to students, they're also trying to attract them. According to a new statistic, by the year 2020, 60% of the jobs in the U.S. will require a post secondary degree, which, Sireno says, gives them a whole new challenge.

The College Board is aiming at a goal that has 55% of Americans age 25 to 34 holding a post secondary degree. But Darton is also losing students. Now a state college, they've had to raise admissions standards, which resulted in a loss of 470 students.

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