Building on the LEGACY
"A legacy of excellence" has been our theme for the past year to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Mt. San Antonio College. From the day I officially arrived on campus last summer as the ninth president and chief executive officer, I have been amazed at the plethora of evidence of that great, longstanding legacy.
Over the past six decades, our institution has helped more than a million students fulfill their dreams. And as a major employer and premier workforce training institution, Mt. SAC has contributed in a profound way to the economic, social, and cultural development of the San Gabriel Valley and much of Southern California.
That proud legacy of excellence continues today as is evident from the many accomplishments realized during the past fiscal year. Certainly the most significant institutional achievement was the reaffirmation of Mt. SAC’s accreditation for the maximum allowable duration of six years by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. This was no small feat, as it required extraordinary teamwork across the college and meticulous analysis of virtually every program, service and operation of the institution.
At the college’s 65th commencement, we awarded 2,424 associate degrees to the Class of 2011, which further solidified our ranking among the nation’s top-tier degree-granting institutions. We recognized several scholars and "survivors" who achieved extraordinary levels of personal and academic excellence. Some were single moms juggling the demands of work, school and home. Others were war veterans who placed their educational pursuits on hold to serve their country. And then there were many others who overcame formidable obstacles and earned various honors and academic distinction. You can read their success profiles and review the extraordinary achievements of our academic, athletic, and artistic teams as well as our faculty and employees throughout this annual report.
I should note, in particular, the remarkable progress we have made over the past year in university transfer rates. Our student transfers to California State University campuses soared by 78%, while transfers to University of California campuses jumped notably by 25%. Overall Mt. SAC now ranks sixth among California’s 112 community colleges for state university transfers, and we are committed to moving up the ladder steadily as part of our core mission.
Upon arriving at Mt. SAC, I was charged by the college trustees to address head-on a number of pressing priorities. Among them were the college’s fiscal position, the campus facilities master plan, and fund development. I must credit my predecessor, Dr. John S. Nixon, for laying a solid foundation for improvements in all of these areas, as outlined in this report. The college weathered a great fiscal storm last year, dedicated and broke ground on new facilities, and completed the most successful scholarship fundraising campaign in Mt. SAC history.
Going forward, I will be engaging the entire community served by Mt. SAC in building on these gains to achieve greater financial stability for the college, to assist in improving the economic climate of our valley, to move forward with campus facilities to meet the future educational needs of our community, and to cultivate our Foundation leadership and donor base to better meet the unfunded needs of the college.
I embrace and relish this herculean challenge. And with the support of the trustees, my superior leadership team, and community partners, I unequivocally believe that we can collectively achieve our goals. I thank everyone for their vote of confidence and, moreover, for this exceptional opportunity to build on the excellent legacy of such a premier institution.
Dr. William T. Scroggins
President & Chief Executive Officer