WEATHER »
Santa Barbara City College

Paul Wellman (file)

Santa Barbara City College


Community Survey Takes City College’s Temperature

New President Gauging School’s Strengths and Weaknesses


Nearly 700 students, teachers, and community members responded to a Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) survey launched in July by President Anthony Beebe on his first day at work. The results are in and ​— ​while predictable in many respects and lacking proper scientific structure ​— ​have helped Beebe gain a greater understanding of the college’s strengths and weaknesses, both real and perceived.

As a Santa Barbara newcomer, Beebe wasn’t historically privy to SBCC housing and parking issues, both of which, he said, have since pinged more substantially on his community-relations radar. He has also paid particular attention to the mistaken perception that the college’s student body has been ever-expanding, when in fact enrollment overall has dropped since the Great Recession. “I got some good feedback,” he said.

As far as takeaways go, Beebe said the college “needs to do a better job in terms of communicating with the community.” In that respect, he’s working with Director of Communications Luz Reyes-Martin to expand outreach intentionally and more proactively through newsletters and social media, for example. Beebe added that the college is exploring more noncredit programs for the community; its current offerings include a range of fee-free classes, from its adult high school diploma program and English as a Second Language to international business and computer network engineering.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Dos Pueblos High School Stirs Political Pot

Senior-class picture features MAGA and LIBERALS!

Community Forum Provides Updates on Immigration Enforcement

About 9 percent of people in Santa Barbara County are undocumented.

Santa Barbara Launches Interactive Street Sweep Map

Users can identify dates, times, and routes for street sweeping by address and colored areas.

Santa Barbara Zoo Bids Farewell to Beloved Elephant

Sujatha passes away at 47 years old.

Disaster Relief Rundown for Santa Barbara 

A tally of nonprofit giving since the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow.